Space: Far-Out Date

The majestic Titan II rocket lifted off precisely on schedule, hurling Gemini 7 toward a new chapter in space exploration. Five minutes after Lieut. Colonel Frank Borman and Commander James Lovell Jr. took off, a ground controller exclaimed: "You're right down the slot!" Command Pilot Borman radioed back: "That's the best thing I've heard."

Longest & Heaviest. As they set off for a planned 14-day, 206-orbit flight—longer by six days and 86 revolutions than any previous mission—they could expect better news yet. If all goes well, by the time Borman and Lovell splash down on Dec. 18, they will have...

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