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Gemini 12

Gemini 12 (officially Gemini XII) was a 1966 manned spaceflight in NASA's Gemini program. It was the 10th manned Gemini flight, the 18th manned American flight and the 26th spaceflight of all time (includes X-15 flights over 100 km).
Mission Insignia
Mission Statistics
Mission:Gemini XII
Number of Crew Members: 2
Launch:11 November, 1966
20:46:33.419 UTC
Cape Canaveral LC19
Landing:15 November, 1966
6:46:31 UTC
24.58 N, 69.95 W
Duration: 3 days, 2 hours
34 minutes, 31 seconds
Orbits: 59
Distance: 2,574,950 km


The crew of Gemini 12 were Jim Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. Lovell had flown once before on Gemini 7; Aldrin was on his first flight.


Gemini 12 was designed to perform rendezvous and docking with the Agena target vehicle, to conduct three ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA) operations, to conduct a tethered stationkeeping exercise, to perform docked maneuvers using the Agena propulsion system to change orbit, and demonstrate an automatic reentry.


The 14 scientific experiments were (1) frog egg growth under zero-g, (2) synoptic terrain photography, (3) synoptic weather photography, (4) nuclear emulsions, (5) airglow horizon photography, (6) UV astronomical photography, and (7) dim sky photography. Two micrometeorite collection experiments, as well as three space phenomena photography experiments, were not fully completed.


The capsule was controlled on reentry by computer and splashed down 4.8 kilometers from its target.


Capsule Location

The capsule is on display at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.

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