The first successful rendezvous in space, of the Gemini 6A and Gemini 7 spacecraft, was in December 1965. This marked the beginning of many space rendezvous and demonstrated the potential for two spacecraft to dock in orbit. The two craft were not equipped for docking but came within 1 foot (or approx. 30cm) of each other, which is very close!
Today’s Cosmobite is by Sam Knox, an astronomy guide at MAAS – Sydney Observatory.