NASA Gemini spacecraft practicing docking and maneuvering with Agena vehicle.
United States USA Date:1966, June Duration:1 min 45 sec Sound:Yes
A NASA backup Agena unmanned target vehicle, launched as a docking target for Gemini 9, is orbiting with a shroud still attached. Astronauts call it "the angry alligator." Brief closeup of the vehicle. Views from Gemini IX as it practices maneuvering close to the "angry alligator." Change of sequence shows another Agena target vehicle in orbit above an ocean on earth. A Gemini spacecraft docks to form a compound craft with the Agena, and its astronauts then command the Agena to start its rocket engine. Glow is seen from the rocket engine firing. Beautiful views of the Blue Planet, Earth, from a combined Gemini and Agena vehicle in orbit at 850 miles distance.
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