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Gemini V

Mission Number: GT-05
21-29 August 1965

    Leroy Cooper [2], Commander
    Charles Conrad [1], Pilot

Backup Crew:
    Neil Armstrong, Commander
    Elliott See, Pilot

    Location: Cape Kennedy Air Force Station
    Pad: LC-19
    Date: 21 August 1965
    Time: 13:59:59 UTC

    Mission Duration: 7 days, 23 hours, 55 minutes, 14 seconds
    Orbits: 120

    Date: 29 August 1965
    Time: 13:55:13 UTC

    Location: Atlantic Ocean (29° 44' N, 69° 45' W)
    Vessel: USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39)

The space endurance record was finally snatched from the Soviets. There was a problem with the fuel cell which precluded rendezvous with the radar evaluation pod (REP). The fuel cells were then shut down. Much time was spent drifting in an effort to conserve fuel.

Incorrect navigation coordinates transmitted to the spacecraft computer from the ground caused a failure in the demonstration of controlled reentry guidance and an 89 mile overshoot of the landing zone.

Gemini V was the first manned U.S. spaceflight with an official insignia. However, NASA required that a portion of the patch be covered during the flight to avoid embarrassment if the mission was cut short.

Gemini V is on display at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

gemini5.gif The original patch


Archived NASA page for Gemini V


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