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Gemini 8

Gemini-VIII was launched on March 16, 1966, and spent just over 10 hours in orbit. Gemini-VIII successfully docked with the Agena target vehicle but because of problems with the spacecraft control system, the crew was forced to undock after approximately 30 minutes. Recovering from a problem with a stick thruster on the Gemini spacecraft, Neil Armstrong used the reentry control system. This forced an early landing in a secondary landing area in the Pacific.


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