A test of a Rogallo-wing Gemini landing attempt.
Image: Aviation Week.

On this date in 1963, the Gemini Project Office (GPO) reported that it was investigating the use of a parasail and landing rocket system to enable the Gemini spacecraft to land on land. A very detailed, declassified NASA report from the time, entitled “Gemini Land Landing System Development Program,” may be read and/or downloaded from NASA’s archive here.