5 amazing pieces of Gemini program memorabilia



2015-06-26 14:07:03

5. Signed capsule lithograph

This lithograph of a capsule used in the Gemini Program displays signatures from a range of astronauts, including future Apollo 11 crewmembers Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins. It sold for $7,500 at Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers in 2011.

4. Procedural checklist

Image: Ira & Larry Goldberg A procedural checklist from the Gemini 11 mission (1965) made $10,000 at Ira and Larry Goldberg in 2010. Intriguingly the auction house reports: "The last page in the book references a 'STRANGER' which the crew observed at '27+43+17' ground elapsed time as a 'tumbling/end over end' object (A 'stranger' is like a UFO as seen from space). "This 'stranger' was photographed and later became an object for the UFologists. It later became an IFO (Identified Flying Object) when Id-ed as an early Russian Proton booster."

3. Gordon Cooper's patch

Image: Heritage Auctions This patch was worn by Gemini 5 commander Gordon Cooper. It's designed with a Conestoga Wagon motif, a reference to the pioneering nature of the mission. Launched in 1965, Gemini 5 set the record for the longest space flight – with the crew staying in orbit for a total of eight days. Cooper's patch made $16,000 at Heritage in 2012.

2. Mission slides

Image: Heritage Auctions The set of first generation duplicate slides from the Gemini 4 mission (1964) made $18,000 at Heritage in 2010. They were consigned from the personal collection of pilot Ed White and include shots of his spacewalk. White was the first US astronaut to step outside the shuttle.

1. Training components

Image: Aurora These three modules were used in Gemini's Electrical System Trainer, which was designed to teach astronauts how to pilot the craft. Built in 1963, they would have been used in the mission's early stages, prior to the introduction of higher specification simulators. The lot sold for $79,750 at Aurora in California in 2004. 

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