Gemini IV

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    The Gemini capsule is a bell-shaped, two-man capsule with two windows and two crew egress hatches.

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    Gemini IV in Museum

    Gemini IV capsule on display in the Museum in Washington, DC.

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    Gemini IV

    Gemini IV spacecraft on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.

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    Astronaut Ed White Outside of the Gemini IV Spacecraft

    Gemini IV astronaut Ed White completed the first U.S. spacewalk on June 3, 1965. The Gemini IV mission lasted four days—the first long-duration mission for the US. The Gemini program kept enthusiasm for the space race high during the mid-1960s. 

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    Astronaut Ed White in Space as Seen from the Gemini IV Spacecraft

    Gemini astronauts took beautiful color photographs of the Earth as they orbited.  The clarity and beauty of these photos were an unforeseen benefit of the Gemini program. Images of the Earth from space continue to inspire astronauts and Earth-bound humans alike. 

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    Gemini IV Panorama

    Panoramic view inside the cockpit of the Gemini IV.

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    Gemini IV Panorama

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This object is on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

On June 3, 1965, a Titan II rocket launched this spacecraft, Gemini IV, carrying astronauts James McDivitt and Edward White into orbit. The flight lasted four days and included a historic space walk by White, the first by an American, early in the mission. Ten weeks earlier, Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov had become the first human to "walk in space." NASA broadcast the audio from White's 22-minute "extra-vehicular activity" (EVA) live; he enormously enjoyed the experience.

The flight plan also included a rendezvous with the discarded second stage of the Titan II rocket. It was aborted, however, after pilot Jim McDivitt experienced unexpected difficulties reaching the booster because he had not been properly trained in rendezvous techniques. Other experiments during this flight included Earth photography, space radiation measurements, and medical effects of prolonged weightlessness. In 1967 NASA transferred the spacecraft to the Smithsonian.