Gemini was an early NASA program.
It flew humans into space
Ten crews flew during Gemini
Their missions were flown in 1965 and 1966.
Gemini missions flew between the Mercury and Apollo programs.
Gemini helped NASA get ready for moon landings.
Gemini was named after a constellation.
The name means "twins." This name was used because the Gemini
capsule would carry two people.
Happened on the Gemini Missions?
Gemini crews did many jobs. The new vehicle had to be tested. Astronauts had to
learn how to walk in space. Some missions stayed in space for a longer time.
Other crews practiced flying near other spacecraft. One of the last crews even
connected to another spacecraft!
Why Was The Gemini Program Important?
Before Gemini, NASA had only flown in space a few times. The
Mercury missions proved that astronauts could fly in space. NASA had to learn
what happens when people spend more time in space. It had to learn how
astronauts could go outside a spacecraft in a spacesuit. It had to learn how to
connect two spacecraft together in space. All of these things had to be done so
we could go to the moon. Before Gemini, NASA had not done any of them. Gemini
proved NASA could do them all.
Dave Scott - 8
Eugene Cernan - 9
Michael Collins - 10
Richard Gordon - 11
Buzz Aldrin - 12