Paving the way for Apollo's missions to the moon, the Gemini program provided much-needed experience for astronauts in space.

Paving the way for Apollo's missions to the moon, the Gemini program provided much-needed experience for astronauts in space.

Gemini 6A closes to within 35 feet of its sister capsule, Gemini 7, on December 15, 1965. (NASA/JSC/ASU)

Gemini 6A closes to within 35 feet of its sister capsule, Gemini 7, on December 15, 1965. (NASA/JSC/ASU)

June 3, 1965 – A vintage NASA press photo shows Gemini 4 astronaut Ed White becoming the first American to walk in space. (Stellar Views)

June 3, 1965 – A vintage NASA press photo shows Gemini 4 astronaut Ed White becoming the first American to walk in space. (Stellar Views)

Ed White (1930-1967), the first American to walk in space, photographed by Jim McDivitt during the Gemini IV mission [NASA/JSC/Arizona State University].

Ed White (1930-1967), the first American to walk in space, photographed by Jim McDivitt during the Gemini IV mission [NASA/JSC/Arizona State University].

Buzz Aldrin, second seat on the last mission of the program, Gemini XII during his record 5 and one-half hour EVA [NASA/JSC/Arizona State University].

Buzz Aldrin, second seat on the last mission of the program, Gemini XII during his record 5 and one-half hour EVA [NASA/JSC/Arizona State University].

Channeling Whittlin Jim: Slide of the Month May - Project Gemini

Channeling Whittlin Jim: Slide of the Month May - Project Gemini

A screen printed poster of the Gemini Project Spacewalk [3000x2000] http://ift.tt/2mB06kQ

A screen printed poster of the Gemini Project Spacewalk [3000x2000] http://ift.tt/2mB06kQ

Astronauts Virgil I. Grissom (center) and John W. Young (left), prime crew for the Gemini-Titan 3 mission, are shown inspecting the inside of Gemini spacecraft at the Mission Control Center at Cape Kennedy, Florida, on November 9, 1964. (NASA)

Astronauts Virgil I. Grissom (center) and John W. Young (left), prime crew for the Gemini-Titan 3 mission, are shown inspecting the inside of Gemini spacecraft at the Mission Control Center at Cape Kennedy, Florida, on November 9, 1964. (NASA)

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