Lot #4042
Gordon Cooper's Gemini 5 Flown Patch with Signed Photograph

The first US space mission patch, flown for eight days on Gemini 5
This lot has closed

Estimate: $4000+

Description

The first US space mission patch, flown for eight days on Gemini 5

Fantastic large flown embroidered Gemini 5 mission patch, 4″ in diameter, affixed to a letter of provenance signed in blue ballpoint by Command Pilot Gordon Cooper, in part: "This patch flew in space on the Gemini 5 mission during August 21 to 29, 1965…Gemini 5 was the first flight to have a designed crew mission emblem for the United States space program. The idea for the cover wagon came from a wooden model a family member had whittled. I felt it was the best way to symbolize the pioneering spirit of this early Gemini flight. The '8 days or bust' wording was not added to this run of patches due to a directive from NASA Administrator James Webb. He indicated that flight time short of eight days could be viewed as a mission failure…Our mission completed all eight days and Gemini 5 marked the beginning of the United States lead in manned space exploration." The patch and letter are matted alongside a color satin-finish 7 x 9.5 photo of the GT-5 crew after recovery, signed in blue felt tip, "You need a shave! Charles Conrad, Jr.," and in black felt tip, "Maybe tomorrow! Gordon Cooper." The display measures an overall 19 x 12.5. In fine condition. A historic flown piece representing America's pioneering position in the history of manned spaceflight.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space & Aviation
  • Dates: #594 - Ended October 15, 2020





This item is Pre-Certified by STEVE ZARELLI
Buy a third-party letter of authenticity for (inquire for price)

*This item has been pre-certified by a trusted third-party authentication service, and by placing a bid on this item, you agree to accept the opinion of this authentication service. If you wish to have an opinion rendered by a different authenticator of your choosing, you must do so prior to your placing of any bid. RR Auction is not responsible for differing opinions submitted 30 days after the date of the sale.