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Pad LC-19 ()
| Altitude: 311.3km (168.1 nm)
Inclination: 28.89 degrees
Duration: 1 Day, 1 hour, 51 min, 24 seconds
Primary objective was to rendezvous with Gemini VII.
Secondary objectives included: Perform closed-loop rendezvous in fourth orbit. Stationkeep with
Gemini VII. Evaluate reentry guidance capability. Conduct visibility tests for rendezvous, using
Gemini VII as target. Perform 3 experiments. Spacecraft weight 3546kg.
Dec 15, 1965 8:37:26.471 am EST. Due to a Gemini Agena target vehicle (GATV) propulsion failure on 25 Oct, 1965 the mission was rescheduled. The Agena target vehicle
Gemini Agena target vehicle GATV-5002 and TLV 5301 with which the Gemini-VI-A was
to rendezvous and dock, failed to go into orbit. A launch attempt on Dec 12, 1965 failed
because of a minor launch vehicle hardware problem.
December 16, 1965. Landing was at 23deg 35min North and 67deg 50min West. Miss
distance was 12.9km (7nm). Recovered by the USS Wasp (crew onboard in 66min).
All primary objectives were achieved. Secondary objective on experiment D-8 Radiation in
Spacecraft because station keeping with Gemini VII interfered with the experiment.