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Buzz Aldrin's Original Gemini 12 Space Suit Patches...

2008 March Grand Format Air & Space Auction #6000

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Auction Ended On: Mar 25, 2008
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Buzz Aldrin's Original Gemini 12 Space Suit Patches originally presented to his parents for Christmas in 1966. An attractively framed presentation piece of 16.5" x 13.5" overall containing three rarely offered items, the patches directly off the space suit of an astronaut. Includes a 6" x 4" U.S. flag, a 3" Gemini XII mission patch, and the "E. E. ALDRIN JR." name patch. Beneath, on the right, is the printed text "These articles were worn on the space suit of Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. during the historic flight of Gemini XII in November, 1966." To the left of that is a handwritten inscription, "To Mother & Dad With a grateful son's love, Buzz Christmas 1966".

Aldrin's father, Edwin Aldrin Sr., was an aviation pioneer of note himself who had organized the Air School of Application back in 1919 and graduated in its first class. This school would later become the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Gemini 12 was the final mission of the project; its main objectives were to dock with the Agena target vehicle and to prove that extra-vehicular activity was practical. Some of the previous EVAs had been extremely tiring for the astronauts. Aldrin performed extensive underwater training in preparation for his flight and it obviously paid off. His three EVAs were all very successful. Offered here is a great opportunity to own the patches directly from the space suit Aldrin wore on this flight.

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Service and Handling Description: Framed - with Glass, Small (view shipping information)

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