On April 8, 1964, the unmanned Gemini 1 launched and landed by parachute, proving that this tried and true method was a viable one for NASA's second spaceflight program. And the agency was starting to feel a time crunch. Not only were manned Gemini missions close on the horizon, but the end of decade lunar landing goal was fast approaching. The paraglider was looking less and less likely to be part of America's path to the Moon. The final nail in its coffin, as far as Gemini was concerned, came on February 20, 1964, when NASA Associated Administrator George Mueller announced to the Gemini Program Office that all 12 Gemini flights – two unmanned and 10 manned missions – would all end with splashdowns. As though holding onto some last hope, the program quarterly report ending in February 1964 still said the last three missions would land by paraglider.