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Radar Evaluation Pod

To practice and demonstrate rendezvous in orbit, Gemini 5 used a small satellite called the Radar Evaluation Pod (REP). The REP was released from the Gemini spacecraft while in orbit. It was intended to be used as a rendezvous target, but a problem with fuel cells on the Gemini spacecraft prevented the tests with the REP. Instead, the crew rendezvoused with a "phantom target" later in the mission.


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