Gemini 2 is launched January 19, 1965
The unmanned Gemini-2 mission was launched on this day, January 19, 1965 aboard a Titan II rocket.
According to NASA the mission objective was:
- Demonstrate reentry heat protection during maximum heating reentry; Demonstrate structural integrity of spacecraft; Demonstrate satisfactory performance of major subsystems; Demonstrate checkout and launch procedures; Evaluate backup guidance steering signals through launch.
- Secondary objectives included: Obtain test results on fuel cell and reactant supply, cryogenics, and communications sytems; Demonstrate and further flight-qualify GLV and spacecraft from countdown thru insertion. Train flight controllers and qualify ground communications tracking system.
All primary mission objectives were achieved. All secondary objectives except fuel cell test were achieved. Fuel cell deactivated before liftoff.
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