Michael Collins, Gemini 10 spacecraft docked with the Agena, July 1966

Michael Collins, Gemini 10 spacecraft docked with the Agena, July 1966

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Credit: Michael Collins

Vintage chromogenic print, 20.2 x 25.4 cm

NASA S-66-46144

The Gemini-10 spacecraft is successfully docked with the Agena Target Docking Vehicle 5005. The Agena display panel is clearly visible. After docking with the Agena, astronauts John W. Young, command pilot, and Michael Collins, pilot, fired the 16,000-pound thrust engine of Agena-10's primary propulsion system to boost the combined vehicles into an orbit with an apogee of 413 nautical miles to set a new altitude record for manned spaceflight. They also managed to meet with the dormant, drifting Agena from the aborted Gemini 8 flight, thus executing the programme's first double rendezvous. About the Gemini 10 mission here and the Gemini 8 mission here

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