Video courtesy of Spacecraft Films
On June 3, 1966, the Gemini IX-A crew thundered into orbit—and the history books—atop their Titan launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It would become one of the most complex and dangerous missions in human space flight history. The mission had already lost its prime crew in an aircraft accident at the factory constructing their Gemini spacecraft. And during a launch failure, the docking target was destroyed. NASA quickly launched the Augmented Target Docking Adaptor (ATDA), but this too ran afoul. Its docking collar had remained partially closed.
This video compilation shows not only the launch of the Titan rocket with the crew of Gemini IX-A, but also the launch of the ATDA.
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