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Neil Armstrong in Gemini 8 spacecraft. US astronaut Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) taking final checks inside Gemini 8 during the prelaunch countdown. Gemini 8 was launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA, at 16:41 UTC on 16th March 1966. The mission achieved the first space rendezvous and docking of two spacecraft in Earth orbit, with Gemini 8 attaching to the Gemini Agena target vehicle (GATV). However, the mission ended prematurely with the Gemini 8 capsule rolling uncontrollably just 10 hours after launch, causing the crew to undock immediately and make an emergency return to Earth.
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