Various names were used when Gemini was first proposed, from the first Advanced Mercury to Mercury Mark II. Dr Robert Seamans, NASA Associate Administrator, started a contest for a name in December 1961 and by 11 December, Alex Nagoya from NASA Headquarters offered Project Gemini. He said, “This name, The Twins, seems to carry out the thought of a two-man crew, a rendezvous mission, and its relation to Mercury. Even the astronomical symbol ‘II’ fits the former ‘Mark II’ designation.” Gemini also symbolized the twin stars of Castor and Pollux.
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