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Item 8078 - Tom Stafford's Gemini 6 Flown Patch Catalog 581 (Apr 2020)

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Sold Price: $8,248.75 (includes buyer's premium)


Tom Stafford's flown embroidered Gemini 6 patch carried into geocentric orbit aboard the Gemini SC6 spacecraft. The patch measures 4″x 3.5″ and is affixed to a signed letter of authenticity from Stafford, which reads: "The Gemini 6 crew emblem displayed below is one that I carried into space on December 15, 1965. This emblem became a part of history when the Gemini 6 spacecraft completed the world's first manned space flight rendezvous with Gemini 7 later that day. The flight technique was one of the most significant capabilities demonstrated during the Gemini Program. Spacecraft rendezvous later became the flight method to accomplish a manned lunar landing and return. Commander Wally Schirra and I completed our flight on December 16. This emblem has been in my private collection since 1965. The star constellations of Gemini and Orion as well as the star Sirius are shown on this crew 'patch' which represents the celestial background where the rendezvous occurred. We patterned our own constellation of a '6' using that background." Includes a color semi-glossy photo of the Gemini VI-A and Gemini VII moments before the first rendezvous in orbit between two crewed spacecraft, signed in blue felt tip by Stafford and in black felt tip by Wally Schirra. The patch and photo are matted to an overall size of 19.5 x 12.5. In overall fine condition.

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