WSF logo

Gemini XII

Mission Number: GT-12
11-15 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.


Archived NASA page for Gemini XII


Page last modified: 08 April 2024 10:17:36.