Target Adapter, Agena

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Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

One of the primary objectives of NASA's Gemini program, which launched ten two-astronaut spacecraft into orbit in 1965-66, was to demonstrate rendezvous and docking between two spacecraft. The target vehicle for Gemini was the Agena D upper stage, launched by an Atlas booster, and fitted with a docking collar for the Gemini nose. On March 16, 1966, Gemini VIII astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott carried out the first successful rendezvous and docking in history with their Agena.

This artifact is a training aid used by the astronauts to practise docking on the ground. Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) at Ellington Air Force Base, near Houston, Texas, gave this docking collar to the Smithsonian in 1968.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of LTV Aerospace Corporation

Materials

aluminum

Dimensions

Overall: 3 ft. 6 in. long x 5 ft. diameter (106.68 x 152.4cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Parts & Structural Components

Inventory Number

A19690080000