Capsule, Gemini X
Gemini X was launched by a Titan II missile on July 18, 1966, for a 3-day mission. Commander John Young and pilot Michael Collins orbited the Earth 43 times. On the third orbit, Gemini X made a successful rendezvous and docking with the Agena 10 target. After undocking with Agena 10, the Gemini crew rendezvoused with Agena 8 without the use of radar. During the second of two spacewalks (EVAs),Collins used a hand-held maneuvering unit to fly to Agena 8, where he recovered a scientific package. Gemini X marked the first flight to rendezvous with two different target vehicles and it provided valuable EVA experience.
In 1967 NASA transferred the Gemini X spacecraft to the Smithsonian Institution.
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Structure: Titanium; cylindrical section: beryllium alloy; conical section: Rene 41 (nickel-steel alloy); heat shield: silicone elastomer
- Skin: Rene-41, Beryllium, Nickel Alloy
- Overall: 10 ft. 10 in. tall x 7 ft. 5 in. wide (330.2 x 226.1cm)