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

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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.