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How Neil Armstrong Saved the Gemini 8 Spacecraft

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How Neil Armstrong Saved the Gemini 8 Spacecraft

Short | 03:15

Gemini 8 was in trouble. After completing the first space docking with another craft, it begins to spin uncontrollably. Ditching protocol, commanding officer Neil Armstrong tries an unorthodox plan.


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In the mid-1960s, the dream of reaching the moon is closer than ever to becoming a reality. After years on the learning curve with Projects Mercury and Gemini, the world watches as the Apollo program nears its first launch. But in January 1967, America stumbles tragically when Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee die in a flash fire during a routine ground test. The future of the space program is in jeopardy until the Saturn V lifts the hopes of NASA and the nation into the stratosphere.

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