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Gemini 5: Inside NASA's First 8-Day Space Mission of 1965

Countdown Begins

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On August 21, 1965, the prime crew for the Gemini-5 mission — astronauts L. Gordon Cooper, Jr., and Charles Conrad, Jr. — arrive at Launch Pad 19 and traverse the gantry ramp at Cape Kennedy, Florida.

Steps Toward History

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As the countdown progresses, astronauts L. Gordon Cooper, Jr., in the foreground and Charles Conrad, Jr., walk across the gantry ramp at Launch Pad 19.

The Himalayas and India

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While in orbit, astronauts on the Gemini-5 spacecraft snapped this view of the Himalayas and Northern India.

Egypt

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During the August 1965 Gemini-5 mission, astronauts photographed Alexandria, Egypt.

Where in the… Cosmos?

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From the Mission Control Center NASA personnel watch the progress of the Gemini-5 mission on the tracking screen.

SoCal

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Using a modified 70mm Hasselblad camera and an MS Ektachrome thin base film, ASA 64, astronauts aboard the Earth-orbiting Gemini-5 spacecraft captured this image of the Imperial Valley and Salton Sea in southern California.

Last Minute Checks

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On the morning of liftoff for the Gemini-5 spaceflight, astronaut Charles Conrad, Jr., dons a pair of white under gloves while his temperature is taken as he suits up for launch.

Recovery Operations

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On August 29, 1965, a Navy helicopter raises L. Gordon Cooper, Jr., during recovery operations after the Gemini-5 mission is successfully completed.

A Different Perspective

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A navy diver leaps from his helicopter after the Gemini-5 spacecraft and astronauts splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

Survival Techniques

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During a July 21, 1965 training, the Gemini-5 prime crew practice water egress and survival techniques in the Gulf of Mexico. Astronauts Charles Conrad, Jr., in the water beside the raft, and L. Gordon Cooper, Jr., in the raft, will complete the Gemini-Titan 5 mission.

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