Gemini 9 launched on 3 June 1966, piloted by Lieutenant Commander Eugene A. Cernan, USN. Gemini 9 completed 45 orbits over 3 days. Rendezvous with the unmanned Augmented Target Docking Adapter (ATDA) was a success; however, docking was not possible due to the condition of the nose cone. Pilot Cernan successfully conducted a two-hour spacewalk. Overall, the crew gained valuable experience learning how to be flexible, expanding their skills in orbital rendezvous, and gaining a better understanding of the challenges faced by astronauts when spacewalking. Recovery was by USS Wasp (CVS-18).
For more information, visit NASA’s Gemini Program webpage.