: This 5" by 7" (12.7 by 17.8 cm) photograph shows visitors enjoying the Gemini 8 capsule on display at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta. It has been tilted on its base to allow visitors to inspect the interior of the spacecraft. The Gemini 8 spacecraft was flown into space by astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott in March 1966. The craft was launched by a Titan II rocket. During this mission, the astronauts performed the first rendezvous and docking in space. Near disaster brought the mission to an early end when a rocket thruster stuck open, causing the spacecraft to tumble out of control. Armstrong was able to regain control of the craft and make an emergency landing. The spacecraft measures 130" x 90" (3.3 x 2.28 m). Neil A. Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio on August 5, 1930. He received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University. After serving as a naval aviator from 1949 to 1952, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in 1955. For the next 17 years he worked for NACA and its successor agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As a research pilot at NASA's Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, he was a project pilot on many pioneering high speed aircraft. Armstrong transferred to astronaut status in 1962 and was assigned as command pilot for the Gemini 8 mission, which was launched on March 16, 1966. As spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mission, Armstrong gained the distinction of being the first man to land a craft on the moon and first to step on its surface. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Transportation; Science and Technology; Arts and Entertainment; Flight; Aeronautics; Aeronautics; Armstrong, Neil, 1930-2012 ; Galleries & museums; Space vehicles Places
: Wapakoneta (Ohio); Auglaize County (Ohio)