Gemini 5
Gemini 5

This image of astronaut and Gemini 5 pilot Charles Conrad Jr. inside the spacecraft as it orbited the Earth was taken by mission commander L. Gordon Cooper Jr.

The mission's key objectives were to evaluate the rendezvous guidance and navigation system, demonstrate the 8-day capability of spacecraft and crew and evaluate the effects on weightlessness for an 8-day flight. Secondary objectives included demonstrating controlled reentry guidance and evaluating the capability of both crewmen to maneuver a spacecraft to rendezvous.

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