Project Gemini: A Bold Leap Forward

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3-DVD chronicle of Project Gemini, including material from all of the unmanned and manned missions, and featuring an original documentary on the development and execution of the Gemini Project.

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Original documentary written by Andrew Chaikin, author of “A Man on the Moon,” Complete 16mm onboard footage from all flights, footage from each Gemini mission preparation, launch and recovery, plus rare bonus footage. Over 6 hours of material.

Acknowlegements: Thanks for Andrew Chaikin and Kipp Teague for their continuing support. Thanks to Benny Cheney at Johnson Space Center, Houston, Ben Grillot at the Cutting Corp, Tim and Bonnie at Bono Film and Video, Arlington, VA and Jon Aldridge at VTI, Houston.


Original Documentary: Through this one-hour program you’ll come to know the challenges met by Gemini, the triumph of the achievement, and the hardship of the danger.

Project Gemini: A Bold Leap Forward was produced and edited by Mark Gray, written by Andrew Chaikin, and narrated by John Willyard. Production assistance was provided by Jonathan Strickland.

Disc 1 Bonus Features (some bonus features are silent):

Gemini Control Panel – Sunject testing of the functionality of the Gemini spacecraft interior. Complete inventory of spacecraft controls and displays.

Spacecraft Development – Various footage detailing the development and construction of the Gemini Spacecraft.

Titan ICMB – Titan II launches, including onboard camera and stage separation.

Titan Stacking – Pad operations for Project Gemini at Pad 19.

Desert Survival Training – Astronaut desert survival training from the Gemini era.

Gus and Wally – Instrumental figures in Project Gemini, this footage is from a Rogallo wing flying session with Gus Grissom, and a parasailing session with Wally Schirra.


Gemini was an experimental program, and was heavily documented both on the ground and in flight. From preparation to recovery, an extensive film record exists covering the Gemini achievements in detail. For onboard photography, Gemini missions typically carried two 16mm cameras. Film was contained in 113-foot magazines. As the flights progressed, more and more film was carried, resulting in relatively little being exposed on the early missions, and a great deal being used on the later missions. Some of the best Earth-orbital photography ever taken from space comes from the Gemini program and helped lead to advance out early understanding of remote sensing from orbit.

The Gemini ground and onboard film contained on discs 2 and 3 are arranged by mission. Audio is from primary sources, including commentary from press briefings and air-to-ground audio. Some portions are silent. Some on-board magazings have a “frame bounce” which has been corrected where possible. Film speed has been adjusted to real time during activities, such as EVA and docking.

Unmanned Missions:

GT-1 April 8, 1964: Demonstrate launch vehicle performance, launch vehicle and spacecraft structural integrity, and work in tracking and guidance network. Spacecraft was not recovered, so no film was exposed onboard. Features footage of preparation and launch.

GT-2 January 19, 1965: Demonstrate reentry heat protection during maximum heating reentry. Launch and onboard film which includes footage of the Gemini spacecraft instrument panel and through-the-window photography during reentry.

Manned Missions:

GT-3 March 23, 1965: Gus Grissom, John Young, 4 hours, 52 Minutes: First manned Gemini mission. Footage of spacecraft checkout, suitup, launch. Most of the onboard footage was blank due to an improper setting on the 16mm camera. Recovery aboard U.S.S. Intrepid.

GT-4 June 3, 1965: Jim McDivitt, Ed White, 4 days, 1 hour, 56 minutes. First U.S. Spacewalk. Suitup and ingress, launch, onboard footage includes White’s EVA and Earth photography, recovery aboard U.S.S. Wasp.

GT-5 August 21, 1965: Gordon Cooper, Pete Conrad, 7 days, 22 hours, 55 minutes: Duration demonstration of nearly 8 days. Transfer and ingress, pre-launch thruster firings, launch, onboard footage includes Earth photography, recovery aboard U.S.S Lake Champlain.

GT-7 December 4, 1965: Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, 13 days, 18 hours, 35 minutes: Duration demonstration of 14 days. Rendezvous target for Gemini 6. Suitup and ingress, launch, onboard footage, recovery aboard U.S.S. Wasp.

GT-6(A) December 15, 1965: Wally Schirra, Tom Stafford, 1 day, 1 hour, 51 minutes: First successful rendezvous. Agena launch and scrub, shutdown ingress, shutdown, launch ingress, launch, onboard photography, recovery aboard U.S.S. Wasp.


GT-8 March 16, 1966: Neil Armstrong, Dave Scott, 10 hours, 41 minutes: Aborted mission after first successful docking. Preparation and agena launch, crew transfer and launch, onboard photography, recovery by U.S.S Mason.

GT-9 June 3, 1955: Tom Stafford, Gene Cernan, 3 days, 20 minutes: Spacecraft checkout, launch transfer and ingress, launch, onboard footage, recovery aboard U.S.S. Wasp.

GT-10 July 18, 1966: John Young, Michael Collins, 2 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes: EVA training, Gemini and agena preparation, crew transfer, agena launch, Gemini launch, onboard film, recovery aboard U.S.S Guadalcanal.

GT-11 September 12, 1966: Pete Conrad, Dick Gordon, 2 days, 23 hours, 17 minutes: Ingress, agena launch, Gemini launch, onboard photography, recovery aboard U.S.S Guam.

GT-12 November 11, 1966: Jim Lovell, Buzz Aldrin, 3 days, 22 hours, 34 minutes: Altitude chamber, ingress, Agena launch, Gemini launch, onboard photography, recovery aboard U.S.S. Wasp.

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Weight .6 lbs

7 reviews for Project Gemini: A Bold Leap Forward

  1. markwgray

    Great DVD set of my favorite Spacercaft
    Dave (California) 6/28/2013 3:52 PM
    This is the first dvd set I bought from Spacecraft films. I’m very pleased! I have family that worked on the Titan booster to make it safe enough to send Gemini into orbit. Some of the bonus materials do not have audio – so don’t be surprized. Based on the quality of this DVD set, I’ve ordered others. Hopefully some will purchase this set and help the U.S. return to manned exploration of the Moon and beyond.

  2. markwgray

    A Wonderful Collection.
    Mark Bowyer (Banbury, Oxfordshire) 2/14/2013 12:17 PM
    Sandwiched between the trail blazing Mercury and monumental Apollo missions, Gemini can sometime get forgotten. It was these missions that really taught NASA how to fly in space and paved the way for the successful Lunar missions. As always, Space craft Films have collected a whole host of interesting film clips from both training and flights. Contains footage that have not seen elsewhere. Highly recommend

  3. markwgray

    Key steps to learning how to work in space
    Roger Heap (Fareham, Hampshire) 3/31/2012 5:04 PM
    Having accessed lots of information regarding the famous moon landings and being aware of the importance of the Mercury and Gemini programmes in the build-up to Apollo, it was a great pleasure to watch in detail how the Gemini programme progressed. These DVDs make excellent viewing and added to the books I have read ( particularly David Shaylers ” Gemini, Steps to the Moon ” ) give a very comprehensive insight into all aspects of Geminis influence in the U.S. Space programme. Great DVDs, extremely well put together, I can heartily recommend them at all levels. Further, I am looking forward to adding further sets to my collection. Thank you, Spacecraft Films.

  4. markwgray

    The big steps to the Moon
    James Dreher (Watertown, CT) 11/23/2011 4:50 PM
    Sadly, Gemini gets forgotten amongst the hoopla of both Mercury and Apollo, but without it, we don’t get to the moon. I highly recommend this set, as Mark has left nothing out, taking us on the natural progression from the test flight of GT-3 to the space walks, the rendezvous of GT- 7/6A, the docking and problems with Agena(s), the long durations of GT-5 & 7 to the solving of so many problems of working in weightlessness by Buzz Aldrin (just in time!) on GT-12. It’s all here, from beginning the end…As one who grew up on Gemini, which ended 45 years ago this month, I have fond memories of it and its’ underplayed role in delivering on President Kennedy’s goal of getting to the moon! Get it while you can!

  5. markwgray

    An excellent documentation of the Gemini Program
    Charles Scamardo (Fort Smith, AR) 10/7/2011 9:44 PM
    This is an excellent DVD on the somewhat fogotton middle program of America’s quest for the moon. The footage is awesome, and much of it I had never seen. This 3 DVD set is a must for anyone who is a space buff, especially for those who wish to view the history of our success’s during the Gemini program that paved the way to our to landing on the MOON!SUPERB!

  6. Joe Brooks

    This is a great DVD set. Not only is it of the Gemini project, the oft-forgotten yet critical step towards landing on the Moon, but this set contains some spectacular footage of Earth, particularly from Gemini X and XI. All of the footage is from film shot on orbit, not from inferior TV, and the astronauts actually opened the hatch and shot the video from the open hatch, not through a window, so the blues really rock in a way not usually seen. On Gemini X and XI the spacecraft flew the highest Earth orbital missions flown to date, so you get to see video of Earth from much further away than you usually can. Really a great video set, one of the stars of Spacecraft Films lineup.

  7. Joe Brooks

    Sorry, that should read “..the highest Earth orbital MANNED missions flown to date….”

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