OFFICIAL EXPLAINS LAUNCH DELAY - HD The director of launch operations at NASA explains a decision to delay the launch of Gemini 9. Engineers on the ground have been unable to communicate with the Agena docking vehicle, which the director refers to as "the target."
GEMINI 9 LAUNCH POSTPONED - HD At a press briefing, a NASA official says that astronauts Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan are in good shape, in spite of the postponement of the Gemini IX launch that day. Christopher Kraft, legendary director of mission operations at NASA, talks about problems with a shroud, presumably on an Agena docking vehicle. Kraft appears to be talking a different location than shown in the beginning of the clip and possibly about a different flight.
Date: May 17, 1966 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Film: 16P Length: 00:00:55:00, With Audio
GEMINI 8 RECOVERED - HD After a shortened one-day mission, the Gemini 8 capsule floats in the ocean near Okinawa. Mission astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott wave as they leave the destroyer that rescued them. Later they receive leis as HIckam AFB in Honolulu welcomes the pair.
Date: March 17, 1966 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Film: 16P Length: 00:01:23:00, With Audio
OFFICIAL ASSESSES GEMINI 8 FLIGHT - HD A NASA official tells a press conference that unexpected events during the Gemini 8 mission resulted in much being learned. The mission was ended early due to dangerous conditions on board. The official praises those involved for handling the emergency with skill.
ASTRONAUTS ARRIVE - HD Gemini 8 astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott emerge waving from a NASA van. They ride in an elevator to a platform adjacent to a Titan 2 rocket and enter the space capsule which the rocket will take into space.
Date: March 16, 1966 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Film: 16P Length: 00:01:18:00, No Audio
GEMINI DOCKING ANIMATION - HD An animation shows how a Gemini manned space capsule syncs its orbit with that of an Agena docking vehicle and then performs the maneuvers known as rendezvous and docking.
Date: March 16, 1966 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Film: 16P Length: 00:01:24:00, No Audio
AGENA LAUNCHED - HD An Atlas rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral, taking an Agena docking vehicle into orbit. The Gemini 8 space capsule will achieve the first successful docking maneuver by American astronauts.
Date: March 16, 1966 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Film: 16P Length: 00:02:34:00, With Audio
KOUFAX ON SEASON - HD Dodgers' pitching ace, Sandy Koufax, throws a few practice pitches on the sidelines at Wrigley Field. He tells an interviewer that he feels like he's getting in shape (after a truncated spring training). Don Drysdale, the other Dodger ace, stands in the background.
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