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November 15, 1966: Gemini 12 Safely Lands, Concluding Project Gemini

Today in 1966, the capsule containing astronauts James A. Lovell, Jr. and Buzz Aldrin splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean. This marked the end of the Gemini 12 mission and also the conclusion of Project Gemini as a whole. Project Gemini was a series of experiments performed in space in conjunction with the Apollo program, with the desired outcome being less experimentation during Apollo missions. This would allow the Apollo program to focus heavier on its goal of a manned mission to the moon.

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July 21, 1969: That’s One Small Step For A Man…

Today in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. At 02:56 UTC, Armstrong set his left foot upon the surface of the moon, officially becoming the first. Shortly after, while stepping off the footpad of his lunar module Eagle, Armstrong declared "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." 19 minutes later, he was joined on the surface of the moon by Buzz Aldrin, who described the landscape as "magnificent desolation."   Image Credit: Air & Space Smithsonian

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