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On 16 March 1966 the first docking with an unmanned target vehicle was achieved by the two man crew of Gemini 8 meeting one of the primary objectives of the Gemini programme. Unfortunately a faulty thruster on the spacecraft required an early undocking and an emergency return to Earth, reducing the planned three day mission to just over ten hours. The early return meant the cancellation of a planned EVA by Dave Scott, but despite this setback the Gemini 8 mission was a success with the accomplishment of its primary objective of docking with the Agena target.
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