Nekto_Nemo (nektonemo) wrote,
Nekto_Nemo
nektonemo

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FIRST RENDEZVOUS IN SPACE — On December 15, 1965, the Gemini 6 and Gemini 7 aircraft came within 1 foot of each other and held position for 20 minutes. Gemini 7 pilot Wally Schirra had words for anyone who claimed something more distant counted as a true rendezvous: “Somebody said… when you come to within three miles, you’ve rendezvoused. If anybody thinks they’ve pulled a rendezvous off at three miles, have fun! This is when we started doing our work. I don’t think rendezvous is over until you are stopped - completely stopped - with no relative motion between the two vehicles, at a range of approximately 120 feet. That’s rendezvous! From there on, it’s stationkeeping. That’s when you can go back and play the game of driving a car or driving an airplane or pushing a skateboard - it’s about that simple.”

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