This Day In Astro History

Gemini Patch

April 8

1997 - STS 83 Columbia lands early at KSC. Landing was originally scheduled for KSC April 19 at 7:30am EDT but the mission was cut short after 3 days, 23 hrs, due to problems with Columbia's Fuel Cell #2. 

1964 - Gemini 1 Launch (Unmanned), not recovered. Mission terminated after 3 orbits and spacecraft disintegrated 3.5 days after launch. All primary and secondary objectives achieved.

1999 - Asteroid 1981 Midas Closest Approach To Earth (0.490 AU)
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