GORDON COOPER'S FLOWN GEMINI 5 MISSION EMBLEM  THE FIRST EMBLEM DESIGNED BY A FLIGHT CREW AND WORN ON THEIR SPACE SUITS

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GORDON COOPER'S FLOWN GEMINI 5 MISSION EMBLEM
THE FIRST EMBLEM DESIGNED BY A FLIGHT CREW AND WORN ON THEIR SPACE SUITS

Sold for US$ 5,000 inc. premium

The Space History Sale

21 Apr 2015, 10:00 EDT

New York

GORDON COOPER'S FLOWN GEMINI 5 MISSION EMBLEM
THE FIRST EMBLEM DESIGNED BY A FLIGHT CREW AND WORN ON THEIR SPACE SUITS
FLOWN cloth crew mission emblem taken on the flight by Gemini 5 Commander Gordon Cooper. Approximately 4 inches in diameter, featuring a covered wagon and the crew members last names. Mounted between paragraphs on a Typed Letter Signed by GORDON COOPER on his personal stationery. Displayed with an approximately 10 by 8 inch color photograph of the Gemini 5 crew on the prime recovery ship. All mounted on and removable from an approximately 13 x 20 inch tan mat board.

The color photograph is INSCRIBED and SIGNED: "You need a shave, CHARLES CONRAD" and "Maybe tomorrow, GORDON COOPER."



WITH GORDON COOPER'S signed provenance letter, reading in part: "This patch flew on the Gemini 5 mission during August 21 to 29, 1965. I was spacecraft commander with fellow astronaut Charles Conrad as pilot. Gemini 5 was the first flight to have a designed crew mission emblem for the United States space program.
The idea for the cover wagon came from a wooden model a family member has whittled. I felt it was the best way to symbolize the pioneering spirit of this early Gemini flight. The '8 days or bust' wording was not added to this run of patches due to a directive from NASA Administrator James Webb. He indicated that a flight time short of eight days could be viewed as a mission failure. We also had to cover that wording with cloth for the patches already sewn on our flight space suits ... Our mission completed all eight days and Gemini 5 marked the beginning of the United States lead in manned space exploration.
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