Today [8/21] in 1965: Gemini V, the third crewed Earth-orbiting spacecraft of the Gemini series, launched with astronauts Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad aboard. During this eight-day mission, they circled the Earth 120 times.
Astronaut Charles Conrad, Jr., command pilot of the Gemini 11 space flight, is hoisted aboard a recovery helicopter from the U.S.S. Guam. Astronaut Richard F. Gordon, Jr., pilot, sits in life raft below waiting to be picked up.