Gemini Files!Unmanned Flights and First Manned Missions
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(Left) The cover for the next book in this series covering the four-day mission of Gemini 4 in June 1965, which included America’s first experience of extravehicular activity (more commonly known as a spacewalk). Cover design: Jim Wilkie Project Editor: Michael D. Shayler