Gemini VI, scheduled as a two-day mission, was launched December 15,
1965 from Pad 19, carrying astronauts Walter M. Schirra Jr., Command
Pilot, and Thomas P. Stafford, Pilot. Gemini VI rendezvoused with Gemini
VII, already orbiting the Earth.
Astronaut Walter H. Schirra Jr. (on
right), Command pilot, climbs from his Gemini VI spacecraft as he and
Astronaut Thomas P. Stafford (not in view) arrive aboard the aircraft
carrier U.S.S. Wasp. They are assisted by various McDonell Douglas
technicians. The Gemini VI spacecraft splashed down in the western
Atlantic recover area at 10:29 a.m. (EST) December 16, 1965, after a
successful 25 hr. 52 minute mission in space.
Cosmonaut Aleksey Leonov, the first man to perform a spacewalk, sticks his head through the Soyuz orbital module mock-up during training for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The other astronaut is Thomas P. Stafford.