Gemini V, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles "Pete" Conrad was the third crewed Earth-orbiting spacecraft of the Gemini series. The flight was designed to last eight days and test rendezvous procedures. The major objectives of this mission were to demonstrate a long-duration crewed flight, evaluate the effects of long periods of weightlessness on the crew, and test rendezvous capabilities and maneuvers using a rendezvous evaluation pod. Secondary objectives included demonstration of all phases of guidance and control systems to support rendezvous and controlled reentry guidance, to evaluate the fuel cell power system and rendezvous radar, to test the capability of either pilot to maneuver the spacecraft in orbit to close proximity with another object, and to conduct 17 experiments.
7 days, 22 hours, 55 minutes, 14 seconds
Aug. 21, 1965
Aug. 29, 1965
S65-28750 (21 Aug. 1965) — Astronauts L. Gordon Cooper Jr. (left) and Charles Conrad Jr. are seen in the Gemini-5 spacecraft in the white room at Pad 19 just after insertion.
The Gemini V Crew
L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.
Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr.
Astronaut (first spaceflight)
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Gemini V command pilot Gordon Cooper (right) and Charles “Pete” Conrad, pilot, walk across the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain following their spacecraft’s recovery from the ocean on Aug. 29, 1965. The eight-day Gemini V endurance mission doubled America’s spaceflight record set two months earlier.
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