Capsule, Gemini VIII

Gemini VIII was launched on March 16, 1966, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong (command pilot) and David Scott. They accomplished the first docking of two spacecraft in history, after rendezvousing with an unmanned Agena vehicle launched earlier the same day. Shortly after docking, one of the Gemini's attitude control thrusters malfunctioned and the combined vehicles began to buck. The crew undocked from the Agena, but the spacecraft began to roll wildly, eventually reaching one revolution per second. Armstrong and Scott used the Re-entry Control System to stop the roll; mission rules then forced them to make an emergency landing in the Pacific less than twelve hours into a three-day mission.

The Gemini VIII spacecraft was later used by the manufacturer, McDonnell, in ground testing for the Defense Department's Manned Orbiting Laboratory program. In 1972 McDonnell gave the Gemini VIII to the Smithsonian for NASA.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Astronaut
David R. Scott
Manufacturer
McDonnell Aircraft Corp.
Astronaut
Neil Armstrong, August 5, 1930--August 25, 2012

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned

Materials
Structure: Titanium; cylindrical section: beryllium alloy; conical section: Rene 41 (nickel-steel alloy); heat shield: silicone elastomer
Skin: Beryllium, Nickel Alloy
Dimensions
Overall: 130 in. tall x 89 in. wide (330.2 x 226.1cm)
Other: 130 in. tall (330.2cm)
Support (at base): 89 in. diameter (226.1cm)

Gemini VIII was launched on March 16, 1966, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong (command pilot) and David Scott. They accomplished the first docking of two spacecraft in history, after rendezvousing with an unmanned Agena vehicle launched earlier the same day. Shortly after docking, one of the Gemini's attitude control thrusters malfunctioned and the combined vehicles began to buck. The crew undocked from the Agena, but the spacecraft began to roll wildly, eventually reaching one revolution per second. Armstrong and Scott used the Re-entry Control System to stop the roll; mission rules then forced them to make an emergency landing in the Pacific less than twelve hours into a three-day mission.

The Gemini VIII spacecraft was later used by the manufacturer, McDonnell, in ground testing for the Defense Department's Manned Orbiting Laboratory program. In 1972 McDonnell gave the Gemini VIII to the Smithsonian for NASA.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Astronaut
David R. Scott
Manufacturer
McDonnell Aircraft Corp.
Astronaut
Neil Armstrong, August 5, 1930--August 25, 2012

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned

Materials
Structure: Titanium; cylindrical section: beryllium alloy; conical section: Rene 41 (nickel-steel alloy); heat shield: silicone elastomer
Skin: Beryllium, Nickel Alloy
Dimensions
Overall: 130 in. tall x 89 in. wide (330.2 x 226.1cm)
Other: 130 in. tall (330.2cm)
Support (at base): 89 in. diameter (226.1cm)

ID: A19721289000