Gemini VI-A was the fifth crewed Earth-orbiting spacecraft of the Gemini series, having been launched after Gemini VII, with the intent of making rendezvous with Gemini VII in Earth orbit. The astronauts on the 26 hour mission were Walter Schirra and Thomas Stafford. The mission priorities were to demonstrate on-time launch procedures, closed-loop rendezvous capabilities, and stationkeeping techniques with Gemini VII. Other objectives were to evaluate the spacecraft reentry guidance capabilities, and conduct spacecraft systems tests and four experiments. This mission was originally designated Gemini VI and scheduled for launch on 25 October but was cancelled when the Agena target vehicle failed to go into orbit an hour earlier.
1 day, 1 hour, 51 minutes, 24 seconds
Dec. 15, 1965
Dec. 16, 1965
Astronauts Thomas Stafford and Walter Schirra
The Gemini VI-A Crew
Walter M. Schirra, Jr.
Command pilot (second spaceflight)
Thomas P. Stafford
Pilot (first spaceflight)
NASA space science data coordinated archive
The NSSDC provides an in-depth overview of the Gemini VI-A mission objects, spacecraft, and program.