Design and Build Process for the Gemini Capsule
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: New August 2022! View images and archival footage as engineers describe how the Gemini capsule was designed and built to meet its mission specifications.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Space-45**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video with your study of the Cold War, Space Race, and/or American History in the 1960s for students to see footage of the time of a project that was a major part of that period of history.
  • Have students doing a History Day project, Science Fair project, or another type of independent project on the space race, space exploration, or a related topic? Provide the video as a primary source for their research to hear directly from engineers who worked on the Gemini missions.


To learn more about the technology available at the beginning of the space race with three NASA Mercury Program engineers, check out the full program this segment is edited from: History in the First Person: The Gemini Project.

*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.