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Gemini 8 splashdown, astronauts Armstrong & Scott

Gemini 8 splashdown, astronauts Armstrong & Scott

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Gemini 8 astronauts David R. Scott & Neil A. Armstrong seated in their spacecraft after splashdown. Launched on March 16, 1966, Gemini 8 made the first space docking - with an Agena target vehicle. A malfunctioning thruster caused the spacecraft to roll dangerously, however, & the crew made an emergency splashdown after 7 Earth orbits. The photograph shows rescue personnel outside the spacecraft.

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