Spacecraft Films: Gemini IX’s Recovery

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On June 6, 1966, the Gemini IX-A crew returned to Earth under the parachutes of their Gemini spacecraft; thus drawing to a close 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 served to reinforce the fact that human space flight would not be easy.

This video compilation shows the recovery of the crew of Gemini IX-A to the waiting U.S.S. Wasp recovery vessel.


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