|Mission Number: GT-08||16-17 March 1966|
Location: Cape Kennedy Air Force Station
Date: 16 March 1966
Time: 16:41:02 UTC
Mission Duration: 10 hours, 41 minutes, 26 seconds
Date: 17 March 1966
Time: 03:22:28 UTC
Location: Pacific Ocean (25° 13.8' N, 136° 0' E)
Vessel: USS Leonard F. Mason (DD-852)
Only Gemini flight to be cut short by a malfunction: one thruster kept firing after rendezvous and docking with an Agena rocket. The wild gyrations nealy caused the crew to blackout. They undocked, hoping the problem was with the Agena. It wasn't. The reaction control system was shut down and the flight aborted. Armstrong and Scott spent three hours in the water awaiting rescue.
Gemini VIII is located at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, Wapakoneta, OH.