• Photograph of Astronaut Edward H. White II's Space Walk on Gemini IV. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

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    Photograph 1 of Astronaut Edward H. White II's Space Walk on Gemini IV
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    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. History Office. 2/17/1973-.
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    • This item is a photograph of astronaut Edward H. White II's space walk (Extra Vehicular Activity) on Gemini IV.
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    • Unrestricted.
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    • National Archives and Records Administration
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    • National Archives at Fort Worth

  • Excerpt from Gemini 7: The NASA mission reports provides details about all aspect of the mission, including interviews, statistics, and photographs. Courtesy of Wellesly College Library via Internet Archive.

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    Gemini 7 : the NASA mission reports

  • An excerpt of an index of 575 photographs of ocean features taken from Gemini spacecraft. Courtesy of Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution via Internet Archive

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    An index of ocean features photographed from Gemini spacecraft
    • Date
    • 1968
    • Creator
    • Stevenson, Robert E. United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Earth Resources Survey Program. Nelson, Ruth M.
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    • At head of cover: National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Earth Resources Survey Program
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  • This Gemini boilerplate, nicknamed "El Kabong I," was used for soft-landing drop tests as part of the Para-Sail program. Dropped from an aircraft, the Gemini capsule was suspended from a Para-Sail as it descended to a landing site at Fort Hood, TX in August 1965. Courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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    Boilerplate, Gemini
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    • This Gemini boilerplate, nicknamed "El Kabong I," was used for soft-landing drop tests as part of the Para-Sail program. Dropped from an aircraft, the Gemini capsule was suspended from a Para-Sail as it descended to a landing site at Fort Hood, TX in... more
      This Gemini boilerplate, nicknamed "El Kabong I," was used for soft-landing drop tests as part of the Para-Sail program. Dropped from an aircraft, the Gemini capsule was suspended from a Para-Sail as it descended to a landing site at Fort Hood, TX in August 1965. At 12.5 feet above the ground, altitude sensors fired landing rockets and the vehicle skidded to a stop on its landing gear. The system was never man-rated or used for actual Gemini flights. In 1977 NASA transferred title to "El Kabong I" to the Smithsonian Institution. less
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    • Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum.
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    • Smithsonian Institution
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    • National Air and Space Museum

The United States’ Gemini project, a second manned spaceflight program, began in 1961 and helped determine and test the requirements for NASA to successfully reach the Moon. The Gemini’s objectives were to test astronauts in space for long periods of time, vehicle docking and orbiting procedures, and safe spacecraft reentry and landing methods. The Gemini flights were the first manned missions to involve multiple crew members and explore long-term space travel.

The USSR Voskhod spacecraft launched in 1965 and on March 18th cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov achieved the first ever spacewalk, spending twenty minutes outside of the craft attached to an umbilical cord system. Three months later, astronaut Edward White, aboard the Gemini IV, became the first American to ever walk in space. White was also the first to use jet propulsion which allowed him to propel his body in the opposite direction and purposefully maneuver his actions during his spacewalk. Although the Soviet Union appeared to be ahead of the US in the Space Race, NASA was following a strategically planned program to ensure a moon landing with the Apollo missions in the coming years.