Gemini Mission Space Walks
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: New March 2023! See images and archival footage as engineers discuss the challenges in creating successful space walks as part of the Gemini missions.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: DSpace-48**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • As a STEM or critical thinking activity, have students take on the role of space engineers tasked with ensuring safety and success for astronauts engaged in a space walk outside their capsule. What situations would they need to consider? What technology from today could help them? Then have students view the video to see how engineers attacked the problem with very different technology.
  • 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. (Unique ID: Space-9)

*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.

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