NASA flew a total of 12 Gemini missions, 10 of which had crews on board. For this first mission, NASA was testing the structural integrity of the crew capsule and the rocket. The launch vehicle was a modified version of the U.S. Air Force’s intercontinental ballistic missile Titan II. Known as the Titan II GLV, this rocket had never flown before.
No major malfunctions occurred during the flight. The rocket actually overperformed and put the spacecraft into a slightly higher orbit than NASA had planned.
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