Splashdown. A Gemini capsule awaits pickup. 10 crewed flights flew in low Earth orbit during Project Gemini in 1965-66. Midway through Gemini, the Americans caught up & surpassed the Soviets, who had previously been ahead during the space race in the Project Mercury & early Gemini era. The 1st crewed flight was Gemini 3 with Gus Grissom & John Young in Mar 1965. The final was Gemini 12 in Nov 1966 with Buzz Aldrin & Jim Lovell.