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Gemini XII Anniversary

GEMINI-12NASA's Gemini XII mission launched on November 11, 1966 and sent the crew of Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin to orbit on what would be one of the most-successful flights under Project Gemini. Using their Titan II GLV rocket to propel them to orbit, the duo left Cape Kennedy's Space Launch Complex 19 (LC-19) and on their way to orbit. The crew of Gemini XII carried out a mission that saw the fifth rendezvous with and fourth docking to an Agena target vehicle. Project Gemini came to a close after the crew splashed down and were picked up by the crew of the U.S.S. Wasp. Gemini taught NASA the important lessons the agency needed to learn before it could begin Project Apollo and land crew on the surface of the Moon. Aldrin tested on orbit concepts regarding extra-vehicular activities (EVA) - something critical before Apollo could begin. Marking the mission's 50th anniversary, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) hosted the event held on Saturday, November 12, 2016.