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However, because the procedure was so important, Nasa went ahead with the launch of Gemini 7 crewed by Frank Borman and Jim Lovell. Eleven days later on 15 December 1965, Gemini 6 canada goose uk shop launched with Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford on a mission to intercept. Within six hours, the two spacecraft were flying in formation within 120 feet (36m) of each other.

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