MISSION EMBLEM CARRIED ON GEMINI 5.
Flown cloth crew mission emblem carried by Commander Gordon Cooper, 4 inches in diameter, featuring a covered wagon with the wording "8 days or bust." Mounted onto a Typed Letter Signed by Gordon Cooper.
This was the very first manned space flight crew-designed mission emblem or "patch" to be worn on astronauts' space suits.
Gordon Cooper's letter reads in part: "This patch flew in space on the Gemini 5 flight during August 21 to 29, 1965 ... The idea of the covered 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 eight days or bust wording was a natural addition. However, NASA Administrator James Webb wanted the wording removed because any flight time short of eight days could be seen as a mission failure. We were directed to cover the wording with cloth on our flight space suits. Our mission completed all eight days and Gemini 5 marked the beginning of the US lead in manned space exploration."