Gemini (1963-1966) was an American inhabited flight space project, it followed the Mercury project. It aimed to enable astronauts to master the techniques of space flights. A new spacecraft was needed to reach that goal, a two-seater version, to allow spacewalks. The Titan, an intercontinental ballistic rocket adapted for space use, replaced the Atlas rocket of the Mercury project. In three years, thanks to a dozen of successive missions, United-States caught up on Soviet space program.

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