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Project Apollo took America to the moon. But what came before? The second in our series of films using archive footage to tell the story of America's early days in space looks at Project Gemini: America's crucial programme designed to ready themselves for a trip to the moon.
Day 10 of A Place Called Space, our 2015 advent calendar:

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Before NASA could shoot for the moon, they had to master the basics. Lagging behind their Soviet rivals at every turn, America's space travellers were inexperienced but had a very ambitious goal.

The Gemini programme is the unsung hero of NASA’s eventual triumph in reaching the moon; a crucial scaffold on which Project Apollo was built. It is a story of innovation and growing experience, at a time when America seemed stuck one step behind in the Space Race. Tackling their first space walk and space rendezvous, Project Gemini bridges the Mercury and Apollo missions, providing the foundation for NASA’s first great triumph.

‘A Place Called Space’ is the 2015 Royal Institution advent calendar. Every day in the run up to Christmas we'll be releasing an original piece of content exploring the human experience and cultural significance of space travel. With hand-drawn animations, experiments in zero gravity, interviews with astronauts and creative data visualisations, the calendar will fire you into space every morning.

'A Place Called Space' channels the voices of seasoned astronauts and expert scientists through the eyes of a team of talented animators, film-makers and artists, bringing you a thought-provoking gem to kick-start each day.
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