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On NASA's Gemini XII flight, the computer docking system failed and Buzz Aldrin successfully calculated the docking trajectory using a sextant and a slide rule.

The Gemini 3 astronauts smuggled a contraband corned beef sandwich on board and angered The House of Representatives.

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  1. Gemini & Apollo Astronaut Frank Borman was offered the chance to fly as commander of Apollo 11, the first moon landing, but decided to retire from NASA instead. He would have taken Armstrong's place in history as the first man on the moon.

  2. Buzz Aldrin received his doctorate from MIT for developing a technique for orbital rendezvous by eye, which he used in Gemini 12 when the radar broke

  3. A small town in Kansas has one of the largest space museums in the world, including Liberty Bell 7, the Apollo 13 command module, the Gemini X spacecraft, Vostok and Voshkod spacecraft, an SR-71, Nazi V1 and V2 weapons, and several full-scale launch rockets

  4. Astronauts are not allowed to take bread into space. This is due to astronaut John Young smuggling a corned beef sandwich on Gemini III. The sandwich crumbled apart and launched crumbs in all directions, creating a potential safety/equipment hazard.

  5. The Gemini 3 was named Molly Brown in the hope that it wouldn't sink at splashdown. NASA didn't like this and asked astronaut Gus Grissom to change the name, to which he replied "how about the Titanic?". NASA relented, but this was the last time astronauts were allowed to name their capsule.

  6. An illegal space sandwich is preserved in acrylic at the Grissom Museum in Indiana (given to Grissom after being smuggled on Gemini 3 in 1965)

  7. Buzz Aldrin's mom, Marion Moon, killed herself before Gemini 12 because she thought she couldn't handle his growing fame. After the moon landing, Aldrin fell into alcoholism, depression, cheated on his wife, and was later arrested for smashing in the door of his girlfriend's apartment.

  8. In 1965, NASA astronaut John Young upset Congress by smuggling a corned beef sandwich onto Gemini 3, prompting The House of Representatives' appropriations committee to organize a meeting to investigate the "sandwich scandal".

  9. Following the success of The Hot Chick Rachel McAdams returned to play Kate McNab in Slings and Arrows, a comedy mini-series. She won a Gemini Award for her role.

  10. In December, the Geminid meteor shower appears when Earth crosses the path of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. It appears the meteors come from the direction of the constellation Gemini and observers noted that they move more slowly compared to other meteors. The Geminids spray up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak.

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One of the stars in the Gemini Constellation is, not one, but a Star System made up of SIX stars orbitting each other

Anaïs Nin went on to write several more books, volumes, and journals including Delta of Venus, Little Birds, Collages, The Early Diary of Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, The Novel of the Future, In Favor of the Sensitive Man, The Restless Spirit: Journal of a Gemini, A Literate Passion: Letters of Anaïs Nin & Henry Miller, Henry and June: From a Journal of Love, and several more titles.

As an example Gemini was thought to control the arms, lungs, hands, nervous system and brain.

There are 13 zodiac constellations including Capricornus, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius, Sagittarius, and Ophiuchus. The first 12 are also used for astrology and the zodiac calendar.

Only 7 out of the 30 marriages of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts remained intact. - source

Castor (in the Gemini constellation) is actually a sextuple star system, with two binary pairs orbiting each other and a third pair orbiting slightly further away—all close enough to appear as a single point of light from Earth

Astronaut John Young flew on the first manned Gemini flight, walked on the moon during Apollo 16 and was the commander of the first Space Shuttle mission

Neil Armstrong's first mission as part of the astronaut program was as the command pilot for the Gemini VIII.

The constellations neighboring the Cancer constellation are Lynx, Leo Minor, Leo, Hydra, Gemini and Canis Minor.

The emerald is often considered to be the gemstone for the Taurus, Gemini, and Cancer astrological signs.

The Zodiac constellations include Pisces, Aquarius, Capricornus, Sagittarius, Scorpius, Libra, Virgo, Leo, Gemini, Taurus, Aries and Cancer.

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A 1967 sweepstakes by Revell (the scale model kit company) offered a full-size prototype Gemini space capsule as its grand prize. A 13-year-old boy in Portland won it, and donated it to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

There is a civilian calendar for Mars called the Darian Calendar. Tosol (martian 'today') is 8 Gemini 216.

The Zodiac dial contained the 12 members of the zodiac. It also contained single characters keyed to a parapegma (type of almanac) representing various events such as evening, Taurus begins to rise, Gemini begins to rise, and Arcturus sets in the morning.

Astronaut John Young smuggled a contraband corned beef sandwich aboard the Gemini 3.

In 1966, two NASA astronauts died in a failed landing attempt when their jet fighter training aircraft partially struck the roof of the building that was assembling their own Gemini 9 space capsule

The crew of Gemini III snuck a corned beef sandwich on their spaceflight and got rebuked by NASA

In a joking nod to the sinking of his Mercury capsule, Astronaut Gus Grissom named his Gemini spacecraft the Molly Brown (after the musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown). When NASA Objected, he suggested the Titanic instead.

Astronauts Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford made “Jingle Bells” the first song heard from space. They played it on a harmonica with bells (and implied spotting Santa) while orbiting Earth on Gemini 6 on On Dec. 16, 1965.

In 1965 US astronaut John Young snuck a corned-beef sandwich onto the Gemini 3 mission

In 1967 Revell gave away a full size mockup of a Gemini Spacecraft. The winner was a 13 year-old from Portland, Oregon. One of the stipulations of receiving the prize was that it must be donated to a museum by the winner. It is still on display in The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Maxime Faget was the designer of the Mercury spacecraft, and contributed to the later Gemini and Apollo spacecraft as well as the Space Shuttle.

The Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Ohio is shaped like a moon and it features the Gemini VIII spacecraft, Neil Armstrong's Gemini and Apollo spacesuits, and a lunar sample. The museum has no formal relationship with Armstrong

The largest structure in the universe is called the Hercules-Corona Borealis Great Wall. It's astronomical size spans from 5.4 billion light-years to 18 billion light-years across and covers the region from Boötes to as far as the Zodiac constellation of Gemini.

A space incident occurred when a contraband Corned Beef sandwich was smuggled aboard the Gemini III

Black and Decker's "Dustbuster" hand-held vacuum was developed from the specialized, zero-gravity drills NASA used on the Gemini and Apollo missions.

In 1962, when Mercury astronaut John Glenn conducted eating experiments in orbit, Tang was selected for the menu; it was also used during some Gemini flights. In 2013 Buzz Aldrin said: "Tang sucks".

Hydrogen in farts was considered a fire hazard on space missions, and a 1969 study showed that a standard Gemini diet produced significantly more inflammable fart gas than a bland diet.

Bread has been banned in space since the infamous crumb incident of 1965 on NASA's Gemini 3 mission. 52 years later, a the company Bake in Space is working to invent a crumb-free bread that will be tested by the ESA next year.

On gemini 5-7, NASA tested astronaut vision by flattening large areas of land into patterns and had the astronauts tell ground control what they saw

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