50th anniversary of NASA's Gemini 8 mission
NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong (right) and David Scott (left) sit with their spacecraft hatches open while awaiting the arrival of the recovery ship, the USS Leonard F. Mason after the completion of their Gemini 8 mission on March 16, 1966. They are assisted by U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen. The overhead view shows the Gemini 8 spacecraft with the yellow flotation collar attached to stabilize the spacecraft in choppy seas. The green marker dye is highly visible from the air and is used as a locating aid. March 16, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of NASA's Gemini 8 mission, the sixth manned spaceflight conducted during the United States' Project Gemini program. The primary objective of the mission, the successful docking of two spacecraft in orbit, a first in spaceflight, was a success though the crew would experience a critical in-space system failure, forcing them to abandon the mission prematurely. UPI
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