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Space History Photo: Gemini 12 Splashdown

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The Gemini 12 spacecraft floats to the ocean surface on a parachute. (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, as a helicopter hovers above, the Gemini-12 spacecraft with parachute open descends to the Atlantic on Nov. 15, 1966, with astronauts Jim Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin aboard.

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