BACK-UP COMMANDER GORDON COOPER'S FLOWN GEMINI XII EMBLEM.
WITH DETAILS ON THE LUNAR LANDING ASSIGNMENT THAT NEVER OCCURRED. FLOWN cloth crew mission emblem from the flight of Gemini XII. Circular, 3 inches in diameter. Featuring a Gemini spacecraft below a large roman numeral "XII" and the crew names. An embroidered crescent moon is symbolic of the next goal, the Apollo Program and a lunar landing. Mounted on a Typed Letter Signed by GORDON COOPER from his personal stationery and displayed with a 10 by 8 inch Gemini XII spacewalk (EVA) color photograph INSCRIBED and SIGNED: "Gemini XII EVA, NOV '66, BUZZ ALDRIN." All mounted on and removable from a 13 by 19 ½ inch black mat board.
GORDON COOPER'S signed provenance letter reads: "The crew emblem displayed with this letter was carried into space on the Gemini XII mission during November 11 to 15, 1966. I was back-up commander for the flight crew of James Lovell and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin. Gemini XII docked with an Agena target vehicle and Buzz made a few spacewalks. We finally figured out how to do spacewalks the right way by that time and Buzz performed his assigned tasks beautifully. Gemini XII was a mighty fine ending to a flight program that made ten successful manned space flights.
"I then moved over to the lunar landing effort and was assigned as back-up commander for the Apollo 10 mission. That flight demonstrated all the steps needed for the first lunar landing by Apollo 11 except for the final 50,000 feet to the surface. I then expected to have a mission assigned to me for a lunar landing flight but management "politics" and a "tight" alliance between some of the Original Seven guys never allowed that assignment to occur."