Gemini 1

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Mission dates
Mission: Gemini 1
COSPAR-ID : 1964-018A
Launcher: Titan II Gemini 62-12556
Begin: April 8, 1964, 16:00:01  UTC
Starting place: LC-19 , Cape Canaveral
Landing: April 12, 1964, approx. 15:00 UTC
Landing place: South Atlantic
Flight duration: ≈3d 23h
Earth orbits: ≈ 64
Orbit inclination : 32.59 °
Apogee : 320.6 km
Perigee : 160.5 km
Covered track: ≈ 2,789,864 km
Start photo
Start of the Gemini GT-1 mission
Start of the Gemini GT-1 mission
◄ Before / After ►
Mercury Atlas 9
Gemini 2
Next manned mission:
Gemini 3

The Gemini-Titan Mission 1 (GT-1) was an unmanned launch of the first Gemini spacecraft produced with a titanium launcher on April 8, 1964 at 11:00 a.m. EST from Cape Canaveral .

The objective of the mission was the structural testing of the Gemini spaceship in an earth orbit to be reached . The spaceship was not separated from the second stage of the Titan rocket. Both reached the predicted orbit as a unit after six minutes. Only the first three circumnavigations of the earth were part of the mission and reached after four hours and fifty minutes by flying over Cape Canaveral. Regardless of this, the Goddard Space Flight Center tracked all 64 orbits until the spacecraft burned up in the Earth's atmosphere over the South Atlantic on April 12th .

The flight showed that the spaceship was fit for space flight and that all systems were working to satisfaction.

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