STAFFORD'S GEMINI 9 LAUNCH COVERSIGNED.
Postal envelope with NASA KSC rubber stamp cachet featuring an astronaut during a spacewalk attached to a maneuvering unit. Kennedy Space Center postmark dated June 3, 1966, the launch date of Gemini 9. The envelope is displayed between paragraphs of a Typed Letter Signed by Stafford.
With THOMAS P. STAFFORD'S signed provenance letter, reading: "The Gemini 9 envelope displayed below comes from my personal collection. The envelope was postmarked on the launch date of Gemini 9June 3, 1966. It is one of the harder to find 'NASA rubber stamped' cachets. I was commander of Gemini 9, my second space mission with Eugene Cernan as mission pilot. As with my first space mission, an Agena rendezvous target vehicle failed to reach orbit prior to our Gemini 9 launch. The NASA and industry team was able to fly a smaller vehicle known as the ATDA, or Augmented Target Docking Adapter. A protective aerodynamic shroud failed release completely, thus Gene and I could not dock with the ATDA. Gene was able to make a spacewalk on Gemini 9 but his space suit helmet visor fogged-up restricting his vision. Only after some very tense moments both in space and with controllers on the ground was Gene finally able to climb back into Gemini 9. We returned to earth on June 6, 1966. I have signed this envelope near the upper left corner."