Film of Gem 6 & 7, 02/ /66: View of the Gemini 7 spacecraft from Gemini 6 during rendezvous operations. Gemini 6 was originally scheduled to launch on October 25, 1965, with a planned mission of docking with an Agena Target Vehicle. The target vehicle exploded after separation, however, forcing NASA to cancel the original mission and plan an alternate, Gemini 6A. Following another malfunction delay, the spacecraft finally launched on December 15 with the primary objective of performing the first manned space rendezvous. Gemini 7, which launched 11 days prior, served as the passive target. The two spacecraft moved as close as one foot apart. (Neither was properly equipped for docking.) Gemini 6A returned to Earth on December 16. Gemini 7 splashed down two days later.