Gemini VII was the fourth crewed Earth-orbiting spacecraft of the Gemini series, having been launched before Gemini VI-A. It carried astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell on a 14 day mission. Its mission priorities were (1) to demonstrate a 2-week flight, (2) to perform stationkeeping with the Gemini launch vehicle stage 2, (3) to evaluate the "shirt sleeve" environment and the lightweight pressure suit, (4) to act as a rendezvous target for Gemini VI-A, and (5) to demonstrate controlled reentry close to the target landing point. The crew members had three scientific, four technological, four spacecraft, and eight medical experiments to perform.
13 days, 18 hours, 35 minutes, 1 second
Dec. 4, 1965
Dec. 18, 1965
Gemini 7 crew photo of James Lovell and Frank Borman.
The Gemini VII Crew
Frank F. Borman
Command pilot (first spaceflight)
James A. Lovell
Pilot (first spaceflight)
NASA space science data coordinated archive
The NSSDC provides an in-depth overview of the Gemini VII mission objects, spacecraft, and program.
Forty-one years ago today on Dec. 4, 1965, NASA launched Gemini VII. With this mission, NASA successfully completed its first rendezvous of two spacecraft. This photograph, taken by Gemini VII crewmembers Jim Lovell and Frank Borman, shows Gemini VI in orbit 160 miles (257 km) above Earth. The main purpose of Gemini VI, crewed by astronauts Walter