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Gemini XII

Mission Number: GT-1211-15 November 1966

    James Lovell [2], Commander
    Edwin Aldrin [1], Pilot

Backup Crew:
    Leroy Cooper, Commander
    Eugene Cernan, Pilot

    Location: Cape Kennedy Air Force Station
    Pad: LC-19
    Date: 11 November 1966
    Time: 20:46:33 UTC

    Mission Duration: 3 days, 22 hours, 35 minutes, 31 seconds
    Orbits: 59
    EVA#1: 2 hours, 30 minutes
    EVA#2: 2 hours, 8 minutes
    EVA#3: 58 minutes

    Date: 15 November 1966
    Time: 19:22:04 UTC

    Location: Atlantic Ocean (24° 35' N, 69° 57' W)
    Vessel: USS Wasp (CVS-18)

The crew docked with an Agena rocket visually, without aid of a computer. Propulsion anomolies with the Agena target vehicle resulted in the cancellation of planned docked maneuvers. The planned 555.6 km (345 miles) orbit was not achieved.

Aldrin performed 3 EVAs totalling over 5 hours. The Gemini XII EVAs were much less stressful than on previous flights. This was due to better training (underwater simulation in addition to zero-g aircraft flights), better hardware (hand holds, hand rails, hooks for tethers), and better planning.

Gemini XII is located at the Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL.



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