Flown heat shield section from the Gemini 2 spacecraft, which made a suborbital flight on January 19, 1965. The segment is encased in a 2.75″ x 1.75″ x 1.75″ Lucite block, with typed caption: "Section of Heat shield - GT 2, First Gemini Spacecraft, Unmanned Suborbital Mission, January 19, 1965." Annotated on the reverse in pencil, "from holdings of Dusty Rhodes, KSC." In fine condition. The Gemini 1 spacecraft, which had been placed into orbit, was an incomplete spacecraft intended to be destroyed upon reentry; Gemini 2 was the first flight of a complete Gemini spacecraft, and proved it suitable for manned flight.
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