Launch from Cape Canaveral; landing 850 km
east of Florida in the Atlantic Ocean.
The main objectives of this
mission were again to dock with the Agena target vehicle and to perform a
spacewalk. The mission patch was drawn by Barbara Young (John
's wife at the time).
The docking with the
unmanned Agena target vehicle
-10 was successfull, even it was need more fuel
than planned. So, planned more docking and redocking maneuvers were not
performed. During the docking the
-10 primary propulsion system was used to raise
the dual spacecraft apogee to 764 km (a new record).
were performed by Michael
. The first was a standup-EVA
July 19, 1966 (0h 38m) and Michael
began photographing stellar UV radiation. After more
44 hours the Gemini spacecraft separated from the
-10. The Gemini used its own thrusters to complete
the second rendezvous some three hours later with the
-8 target vehicle. After a couple more correction
burns they were station keeping 3 meters away from the Agena. Then the second
on July 20, 1966 (0h 49m) was performed by Michael
. First he retrieved a micro meteorite experiment
mounted on the Gemini 10 spacecraft, but he lost it, when it floated out of the
cabin during the
He then walked from the Gemini spacecraft to the Agena target vehicle to
retrieve the second micrometeorite package left in space all those months.
While doing this he lost grip in space walk from Gemini to Agena, tumbled head
over heels at end of umbilical around Gemini. Michael
needed a second attempt using the hand-held gun to
turn back to the Agena, save the package and retrieved it. Returning into the
capsule was difficult, because Michael
had gotten himself tangled in the umbilical. During
he lost his camera.
The crew performed all
in all 14 experiments, including experiments to test the radiation, a
navigation experiment and others. The reentry was performed without any
problems. The recovery ship was the