Gemini 11 (officially Gemini XI) was a 1966 manned spaceflight in NASA's Gemini program. It was the 9th manned Gemini flight, the 17th manned American flight and the 25th spaceflight of all time (includes X-15 flights over 100 km).
Mission Insignia
Mission Statistics
Mission:Gemini XI
Number of Crew Members: 2
Launch:September 12, 1966
14:42:26.546 UTC
Cape Canaveral LC19
Landing:September 15, 1966
13:59:35 UTC
24.25 N, 70.00 W
Duration: 2 days, 23 hours
17 minutes, 8 seconds
Orbits: 44
Distance: 1,983,565 km


The crew of Gemini 11 were
Charles "Pete" Conrad and Richard Gordon. Conrad had flown once before on Gemini 5 flight; Gordon was on his first flight.


Gemini 11 was designed to achieve a first orbit rendezvous and docking with the Agena target vehicle, to accomplish two ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA) tests, to perform docking practice, docked configuration maneuvers, tethered operations, parking of the Agena target vehicle and demonstrate an automatic reentry.


The 12 scientific experiments were (1) synergistic effect of zero-g and radiation on white blood cells, (2) synoptic terrain photography, (3) synoptic weather photography, (4) nuclear emulsions, (5) airglow horizon photography, (6) UV astronomical photography, (7) Gemini ion wake measurement, and (8) dim sky photography.


The reentry was the first computer-controlled reentry in the US space program. They landed only 4.9 km away from the intended landing site and were recovered by the USS Guam.


Capsule Location

The capsule is on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California.

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