Gemini 3 in Photos: The 1st Crewed Flight of NASA's 2-Person Spaceship

Special Trainings


In the Gulf of Mexico, the Gemini 3 prime crewmembers exit the spacecraft through the left hatch. As astronaut Virgil I. Grissom waits in a raft, John W. Young exits the floating craft.

From the Surface


During a water egress para-drop training, Gemini 3 backup crewman, Walter M. Schirra, Jr., completes the event and is picked up by boat.

Recovery Vessel Arrives


Following the successful splashdown of the Gemini 3 spacecraft, the USS Intrepid, the recovery vessel for the mission, pulls alongside the spacecraft. While the hook is attached to hoist the vessel aboard, the yellow floatation device is still visible.

Recovering the Craft


On March 23, 1965, the Gemini 3 spacecraft is raised, by crane, aboard the USS Intrepid.

Celebrating Success


On Mar. 24, 1965, the Gemini 3 crewmen answer questions about their mission at the Cape's skid strip.

Meet the Press


Astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and John W. Young meet with press following their successful Gemini 3 mission. The duo orbited Earth three times, snapping images and completing experiments in orbit.

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