Buzz Aldrin performs an EVA during the Gemini XII mission, with the Agena Target Vehicle visible in the background
|Mission duration||3 days, 22 hours, 34 minutes, 31 seconds|
|Launch mass||3,762.1 kilograms (8,294 lb)|
|Landing mass||1,947.24 kilograms (4,292.93 lb)|
|Members||James A. Lovell, Jr
Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||November 11, 1966, 20:46:33UTC|
|Rocket||Titan II GLV|
|Launch site||Cape Canaveral LC-19|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||November 15, 1966, 19:21:04UTC|
|Perigee||160.8 kilometers (86.8 nmi)|
|Apogee||270.6 kilometers (146.1 nmi)|
|Docking with GATV-5001A|
|Docking date||November 12, 1966, 01:06:00 UTC|
|Undocking date||November 13, 1966, 20:18:00 UTC|
|Time docked||1 day, 19 hours, 12 minutes|
Gemini 12 (officially Gemini XII) was a 1966 manned spaceflight in NASA's Project Gemini. It was the 10th and final manned Gemini flight, the 18th manned American flight and, including X-15 flights over 100 kilometres (62 mi), the 26th spaceflight of all time.
|Command Pilot||James A. Lovell, Jr
|Pilot||Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr
|Command Pilot||L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.|
|Pilot||Eugene A. Cernan|
- Stuart A. Roosa (Cape CAPCOM)
- Charles Conrad Jr. (Houston CAPCOM)
- William A. Anders (Houston CAPCOM)
- Mass: 3,762.1 kilograms (8,294 lb)
- Perigee: 160.8 kilometres (99.9 mi)
- Apogee: 270.6 kilometres (168.1 mi)
- Inclination: 28.87°
- Period: 88.87 min
- Docked: November 12, 1966 - 01:06:00 UTC
- Undocked: November 13, 1966 - 20:18:00 UTC
- Aldrin - EVA 1 - (stand up)
- Start: November 12, 1966, 16:15:00 UTC
- End: November 12, 1966, 18:44:00 UTC
- Duration: 2 hours, 29 minutes
- Aldrin - EVA 2
- Start: November 13, 1966, 15:34:00 UTC
- End: November 13, 1966, 17:40:00 UTC
- Duration: 2 hours, 06 minutes
- Aldrin - EVA 3 (stand up)
- Start: November 14, 1966, 14:52:00 UTC
- End: November 14, 1966, 15:47:00 UTC
- Duration: 0 hours, 55 minutes
At the completion of the previous Gemini flight, the program still had not demonstrated that an astronaut could work easily and efficiently outside the spacecraft. In preparation for Gemini XII new, improved restraints were added to the outside of the capsule, and a new technique—underwater training—was introduced, which would become a staple of future space-walk simulation. Aldrin's two-hour, 20-minute tethered space-walk, during which he photographed star fields, retrieved a micrometeorite collector and did other chores, at last demonstrated the feasibility of extravehicular activity. Two more stand-up EVAs also went smoothly, as did the by-now routine rendezvous and docking with an Agena which was done "manually" using the onboard computer and charts when a rendezvous radar failed. The climb to a higher orbit, however, was canceled because of a problem with the Agena booster.
Gemini 12 was designed to perform rendezvous and docking with the Agena target vehicle, to conduct three extra-vehicular activity (EVA) operations, to conduct a tethered stationkeeping exercise, to perform docked maneuvers using the Agena propulsion system to change orbit, and demonstrate an automatic reentry.
|Gemini 12||Agena info|
|Mass||3,175 kilograms (7,000 lb)|
|Launch date||November 11, 1966|
|Launch time||19:07:58 UTC|
|1st perigee||294.7 kilometres (183.1 mi)|
|1st apogee||303.2 kilometres (188.4 mi)|
|Reentered||November 15, 1966|
The 14 scientific experiments were (1) frog egg growth under zero-g, (2) synoptic terrain photography, (3) synoptic weather photography, (4) nuclear emulsions, (5) airglow horizon photography, (6) UV astronomical photography, and (7) dim sky photography. Two micrometeorite collection experiments, as well as three space phenomena photography experiments, were not fully completed.
The capsule was controlled on reentry by computer and splashed down 4.8 kilometers from its target.
The Gemini 12 mission was supported by the following U.S. Department of Defense resources; 9,775 personnel, 65 aircraft and 12 ships.
The patch's unique orange and black colors are a link to the flight's original scheduled date close to Halloween. The Roman numeral XII is located at the 12 o'clock position on the face of a clock, with the Gemini spacecraft pointing to it like the hour hand of a clock. This represents the position of Gemini 12 as the last flight of the Gemini program. With the Apollo project following this last flight of the Gemini program, the ultimate objective—the moon—is symbolized by the crescent on the left.
After several years at the Museum of Transport and Technology, in Auckland, New Zealand, the spacecraft was returned to the United States. It is now on display at the Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois. Lovell and Aldrin were reunited with the spacecraft November 9, 2006 during the opening for Adler's "Shoot for the Moon" exhibit, almost 40 years after the mission launched. Lovell's voice is used for the exhibit's recorded narration.
- Agena Target Vehicle
- Extra-vehicular activity
- List of spacewalks
- Solar eclipse of November 12, 1966
- Space suit
- "Gemini XII" (PDF). Gemini Program Mission Report. NASA. 1967. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- Hacker, Barton C.; Grimwood, James M. (September 1974). "Chapter 11 Pillars of Confidence". On the Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini. NASA History Series. SP-4203. NASA. p. 239. With Gemini IV, NASA changed to Roman numerals for Gemini mission designations.
- "Friends and Rivals," When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions, Season 1 Ep. 2, Discovery Channel (2008).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gemini 12.|
- NASA Gemini 12 press kit - Nov 3, 1966
- Gemini 12 Mission Report (PDF) January 1967
- On The Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/SP-4203/cover.htm
- Spaceflight Mission Patches: http://www.genedorr.com/patches/Intro.html
- U.S. Space Objects Registry http://usspaceobjectsregistry.state.gov/search/index.cfm
- Gemini 12 Photographs collections at the University of Missouri–St. Louis
- Gemini XII Cockpit in crosseyed-3D stereoview format