1965-03-23 USA Gemini 3

Photo: Gemini 3 prime crew (front left to right) Gus Grissom and John Young, with back-up crew (rear left to right) Walter Schirra and Thomas Stafford.
Gemini 3 (GT-3), launched on March 23, 1965, was the first Gemini manned flight crewed by Virgil "Gus" Grissom and John Young. It was also the final manned flight controlled from Cape Canaveral. The mission's primary goal was to test the new, maneuverable Gemini spacecraft. Although Gemini 3 was the first U.S. 2-crew manned spaceflight, it was not the first in the world; the Soviet sent a 3-crew team into space on Voskhod 1 mission in late 1964.

Photo: Gemini 3 crew preparing for the launch, March 23, 1965.
1965 GT-3 launch cover with Orbit Covers cachet signed by the crew, Gus Grissom and John Young. The crew flew three low Earth orbits in their Gemini spacecraft, which they named Molly Brown. This cover previously owned by Reuben Ramkissoon. - RegencyStamps
Photo: US President Johnson watching the launch of the first manned Gemini space flight on March 23, 1965, piloted by Gus Grissom and John Young.
Gemini 3 primary goal was to test the new, maneuverable spacecraft. At the end of the first orbit, over Corpus Christi, Texas, Grissom effected the first orbital maneuver (made by any manned spacecraft), which lowered the orbit to near-circular (158 x 169 km).
Photo: Recovery of the Gemini 3 capsule (nicknamed "Molly Brown"). Flotation collar placed around the capsule by Navy frogmen.
A rare GT-3 USS Intrepid Beck CREW Cover, only 25 covers without the "B" number printed exist.
Photo: "Molly Brown" hoisted from the ocean to the recovery ship USS Intrepid.
Gemini 3 USS Intrepid recovery ship cover with Beck rubber stamped cachet. Gemini 3 achieved a number of "firsts" in space flight. Autopen signatures of Gus Grissom and John Young on this cover.
Photo: Apollo 3 crew at the White House with US President Johnson, March 26, 1965.