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Thomas P. Stafford

General Stafford was the commander of the Apollo 10 “dress rehearsal” mission preparing for the first Moon landing.

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Thomas P. Stafford

General Stafford was selected among the second group of astronauts in September 1962 to participate in Projects Gemini and Apollo.

In December 1965, he piloted Gemini VI the first rendezvous in space, and helped develop techniques to prove the basic theory and practicality of space rendezvous.

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Astronaut Thomas Stafford in a white spacesuit standing in front of a space capsule.
(23 Aug. 1965) — Astronaut Thomas P. Stafford, Gemini-6 prime crew pilot, is pictured onboard the NASA Motor Vessel Retriever in the Gulf of Mexico during water egress training.
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