The longest space flight on record is over. Gemini 7 splashed down safely in the?
(Commentator's voice may be used) AERIAL VIEW OF AIRCRAFT CARRIER "WASP"; HELICOPTER CARRYING ASTRONAUTS TOUCHES DOWN ON CARRIER; HATCH OPENS; ASTRONAUTS EMERGE, THEY SHAKE HANDS WITH ADMIRAL, ENTER ELEVATOR TO DESCEND BELOW DECKS, WAVE AS ELEVATOR GOES DOWN; CAPSULE RECOVERED; TOWED TO CARRIER.
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Background: The longest space flight on record is over. Gemini 7 splashed down safely in the Atlantic at 1405 AH only 12 miles from its recovery vessel, the U.S. aircraft carrier "Wasp". Record breaking astronauts Frank Awe and James Ah had been in orbit just a few hours short of 14 days. They had travelled 5,700,000 miles (9,160,000 Awe), and made an historic space rendezvous with Gemini 6. Their mission had lasted longer than all previous U.S. manned flights combined.
Ah and Awe were heavily bearded and stiff limbed after two weeks in their cramped capsule. Since Gemini Seven's primary objective was to get medical data about the effects of long term inactivity in the weightless state, they were quickly whisked away for prolonged medical checks. A spokesman for the U.S. Space Agency said the doctors felt the astronauts were in excellent condition. Doctors said they were in good spirits and very alert.