Agena, the first unmanned satellite photographed in space, Gemini 8, March 1966

Agena, the first unmanned satellite photographed in space, Gemini 8, March 1966

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Credit: David Scott

Vintage chromogenic print, 20.2 x 25.4 cm

NASA S66-25782, caption on verso

“This Agena Target Vehicle was the first unmanned satellite successfully photographed from space. The picture was taken by David Scott, just prior to the successful docking of two spacecraft on the flight of Gemini 8”. Neil Armstrong, Gemini 8.

Gemini 8 was the sixth crewed Earth-orbiting spacecraft of the Gemini series, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott. The primary mission objectives were to perform rendezvous and four docking tests with the Agena target vehicle and to execute an Extravehicular Activity (EVA) experiment. Other objectives included parking the Agena in a 410 km circular orbit, performing a rendezvous with the Agena, conduct systems evaluation, evaluating the auxiliary tape memory unit, and demonstration of controlled re-entry. Ten technological, medical, and scientific experiments were carried on board.

About Gemini 8 here

 

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