December 4, 1965 – launch of Gemini 7
Gemini VII was a manned spaceflight that took place December 7, 1965. It was NASA’s 4th manned Gemini spaceflight. Gemini VII was a long mission, 14 days, in which a key objective was to solve problems of long-duration space flight. Gemini VI and Gemini VII flew at the same time so docking procedures could be explored. Gemini VII performed 20 experiments during its mission, including performing nutrition studies in space. It wouldn’t be until the 1970s, during the Skylab program, before another manned mission in space would exceed Gemini VII’s time.
Gemini VII crew included Frank Borman (left) and Jim Lovell (right).