Suggested Searches

Gemini VIII mission patch

Gemini VIII

Occurred 58 years ago

Gemini VIII was the sixth crewed Earth-orbiting spacecraft of the Gemini series, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott. The primary mission objectives were to perform rendezvous and four docking tests with the Agena target vehicle and to execute an ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA) experiment. Other objectives included parking the Agena in a 410 km circular orbit, performing a rerendezvous with the Agena, conduct systems evaluation, evaluating the auxiliary tape memory unit, and demonstration of controlled reentry. Ten technological, medical, and scientific experiments were carried on board.

Mission Type

Human Spaceflight

mission duration

10 hours, 41 minutes, 26 seconds


March 16, 1966


March 16, 1966
David R. Scott and Neil A. Armstrong pose for their official Gemini VIII crew photo in blue jumpsuits with model shuttle in front of flags.
Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong (right), command pilot; and David R. Scott, pilot, were the prime crew of the Gemini-8 space mission.
Featured Story

55 Years Ago: Gemini VIII, the First Docking in Space

The primary goals of Project Gemini included proving the techniques required for the Apollo Program to fulfill President John F.…

Read the Story
Featured Story

Gemini’s First Docking Turns to Wild Ride in Orbit

In early 1966, Gemini VIII chalked up another crucial spaceflight technology milestone for the United States. But the triumph quickly…

Read the Story
Keep Exploring

Discover More Topics From NASA