WALLY SCHIRRA'S FLOWN GTA-6 MISSION EMBLEM.
DESIGN REFLECTS THE ORIGINAL PLAN FOR A MANNED RENDEZVOUS. FLOWN GTA-6 cloth crew mission emblem taken on the flight by mission commander Wally Schirra. Approximately 4 by 4 inches, hexagonal. Mounted between paragraphs on a Typed Letter Signed by WALLY SCHIRRA from his personal stationery. Displayed with an approximately 10 by 8 inch Gemini 6 color launch photograph SIGNED by WALLY SCHIRRA and TOM STAFFORD. All mounted on and removable from a 13 1/2 by 20 1/2 inch light blue mat board.
WALLY SCHIRRA'S signed provenance letter which reads in part: "The GTA-6 or Gemini Titan Agena 6 crew emblem displayed below was carried into space during December 15 and 16, 1965 on the Gemini 6 mission. I was flight commander while Tom Stafford served as pilot. GTA-6 was the original mission designation with a flight plan calling for our Gemini spacecraft to rendezvous and dock with an Agena target vehicle. That sequence is illustrated with the number "6" on the emblem. We would fly into orbit using a Titan rocket some 90 minutes after an Atlas rocket launched the Agena toward orbit. On October 25, 1965 the Atlas rocket worked fine, but the Agena's engine failed to ignite properly ... Our flight was canceled that day but a plan for a rendezvous with the next Gemini flight was devised and accomplished in less than two months.
This emblem became a part of history when we completed the world's first manned space flight rendezvous with Gemini 7 on December 15, 1965. This flight technique was one of the most important capabilities developed in the Gemini Program. I decided to carry a few of our original mission emblems as a reminder of the efforts made by the NASA Industry team that made this historic event possible."