STAFFORD'S GEMINI 6 RECOVERY COVER.
Postal envelope with US Navy Recovery Force rubber stamp cachet. USS Wasp postmark dated December 16, 1965, the splashdown date of Gemini 6. The envelope is displayed between paragraphs of a Typed Letter Signed by THOMAS STAFFORD.
THOMAS P. STAFFORD'S signed provenance letter reads in part: "The Gemini 6 envelope displayed below is from my personal collection. The envelope was postmarked on the splashdown date of Gemini 6 December 16, 1965. Gemini 6 was my first space mission with Wally Schirra as commander. We made the first manned space flight rendezvous with Gemini 7 already in orbit. Our flight proved that orbital rendezvous was indeed possible which was a critical step to enable the Apollo Program to accomplish President John F. Kennedy's goal of making the first manned lunar landing before the end of the 1960s.... Wally and I signed this envelope after our Gemini 6 flight."