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A space vehicle designated for approach by another. The target vehicle may be a satellite being retrieved for repairs, or a spacecraft used in a docking manoeuvre. In July 1966, the Gemini 10 astronauts made the first orbital docking, connecting to an Agena rocket target vehicle and using its engines for propulsion. The mission proved that a space rendezvous and docking were possible.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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