- Pad LC-19 ()
- Titan-II (8)
- Neil A. Armstrong
- David R. Scott
- Charles Conrad Jr.
- Richard F. Gordon, Jr.
- R. Walter Cunningham (Cape)
- James A. Lovell Jr. (Houston)
- Gemini-XIII capsule
- Primary objective was to rendezvous and dock with Gemini Agena
target vehicle (GATV-5003) launched on 3/16/1966 from Complex 14
(TLV-5302) and conduct EVA operations. Secondary objectives included:
Rendezvous and dock in 4th revolution. Perform docked-vehicle
maneuvers, Evaluate systems and conduct 10 experiments.
Spacecraft weight: 3788kg. GATV-5003 Weight: 8097.
- March 16, 1966. 11:41:02.389. There was a one day delay in
launching the spacecraft due to minor problems with the spacecraft and
launch vehicle hardware.
- Altitude: 298.7km (161.3 nm)
- Inclination: 28.91 degrees
- Orbits: 7
- Duration: 0 Days, 10 hours, 41 min, 26 seconds
- Distance: km
- March 17, 1966. Landing was at 25deg 13.8min North and 136deg
0min East. Pacific Ocean. Recovered by the USS Mason (crew
onboard in 3 hours).
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- Gemini-VIII successfully
docked with Gemini Agena target vehicle
GATV-6 hours 34 min after liftoff. Because of problems with the
spacecraft control system, the crew was forced to undock after
approximately 30 min. The spacecraft-target vehicle combination had
begun to encounter increasing yaw and roll rates. The crew regained
control of their spacecraft by using the reentry control system, which
prompted an early landing in a secondary landing area in the Pacific.
No EVA was performed.
- The failure was caused by an electrical short in control system.
Docking and re-rendezvous secondary objectives were not achieved due
to the shortened mission.
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