Project Gemini, for which the latest cadre of astronauts would commence training, had been given the green light to proceed in early December 1961. Twelve missions were manifested, and it was planned that ten of these would carry a crew of two astronaut pilots. The first flight of a Gemini spacecraft, mated to a Titan II launch vehicle, was planned as an unmanned orbital test of the spacecraft, which would be intentionally disintegrated upon re-entry into the atmosphere. The objective of the second unmanned flight would be to test the spacecraft’s heat shield.
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