|Mission Number: GT-09||3-6 June 1966|
Location: Cape Kennedy Air Force Station
Date: 3 June 1966
Time: 13:39:33 UTC
Mission Duration: 3 days, 0 hours, 20 minutes, 50 seconds
EVA#1: 2 hours, 8 minutes
Date: 6 June 1966
Time: 14:00:23 UTC
Location: Atlantic Ocean (27° 52' N, 5° 0.4' W)
Vessel: USS Wasp (CVS-18)
Rendezvous, but did not dock, with an orbiting Agena rocket. A shroud failed to separate from the Agena, making it look like an "angry alligator." Cernan performed a spacewalk lasting about 2 hours. The EVA was scheduled to last longer, but Cernan was exhausted. His heart rate was up to 180, he was breathing heavily and producing more CO2 than his suit could absorb, and sweating so heavily the faceplate of the suit fogged over so he could not see. The exertions tore some of the layers of insulation in the suit and Cernan received a severe sunburn on his lower back. The suit was so stiff he had a very difficult time reentering the capsule.
Gemini IX-A is on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex near Titusville, FL.