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Gemini 5

Barely two months after the success of Gemini 4 NASA was ready to go again with the next Gemini mission, number 5, this time attempting to double the endurance to eight days, the expected duration of an Apollo flight to the moon and back. It was important not only Gemini but also Apollo, and indeed the American space programme at that time that the full eight days were reached. Surpassing the milestone of a week in space and at the same time smashing the Soviet five day record held since 1963. Gemini 5 was a therefore a big mission, though there would be no attempted docking or EVA. Qualification of the fuel cell and the 8-day target was more important to NASA’s long term plans.
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