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Gemini III launched March 23, 1965 with Prime Crew astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom and John W. Young. NASA’s two-man Gemini spaceflights demonstrated that astronauts could change their capsule’s orbit, remain in space for at least two weeks and work outside their spacecraft–all essential skills to land on the moon and return safely to Earth. Solve Space by unscrambling this image and learn more about Gemini III, and how to see a Gemini-era spacecraft at Space Center Houston!

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Astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and John Young stand in front of Gemini trainer prior to test at Mission Control Center.

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Veteran Mercury astronaut Grissom was selected as command pilot of Gemini III, making him the first person traveling into space twice. Pilot John W. Young became the first person to make six spaceflights, including commanding Apollo 16 during which he walked on the moon. Gemini III was the first crewed Gemini flight.

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