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    The men behind the scenes for Gemini 5.

    Gemini 5: The "Red", "White", and "Blue" Mission Control Team Photos, Signed by Armstrong, Aldrin, See, Scott, McDivitt, Kranz, Kraft, Hodge, and Numerous Others, Directly from the Personal Collection of NASA Flight Controller Manfred "Dutch" Von Ehrenfried. Three absolutely amazing, historical images, each "crew-signed." Starting with Gemini 4, the Mission Control personnel were divided into three shifts or teams, nicknamed "Red", "White", and "Blue." Each team worked an approximate eight-hour shift with the next team lined up and available for backup in case of emergency. This three-team rotation ran from pre-flight testing through launch and splashdown. The names of most of these men were not known to the public, but their contributions were no less important to the success of the mission. From the collection of the Gemini 5 White Team assistant flight director comes this unique group of three signed photos. As follows:
    "Red Team": A 9.5" x 7.25" (trimmed) color glossy NASA MSC photo #S-65-45001 with caption on verso, picturing: "Members of the first shift, the 'White Team' who manned the Mission Control Center during the Gemini V mission." It has been signed by fifteen of those shown in the photo (starting with front row), as follows: "Jim M. McDivitt", "Chris Kraft", "Chuck Berry M.D.", "Paul Haney", "Perry Ealick", "Bill Platt", "Joe Roach", "Tom Carter", "Jerry Bostick", "Charles Parker", "Dick Glover", "Gerry Griffith", "Bill Gravett", "Ernie Randall" and "John Aaron". McDivitt performed duties as a CAPCOM. The photo is in very fine condition other than for general fading. The signatures in blue and red ink have also faded to varying degrees as shown in the image. However, the McDivitt, Kraft,, Carter, Bostick, Griffith, Gravett, Randall, and Aaron signatures are in black ink or felt tip and are bold and strong.
    "White Team": A 9.5" x 7.25" (trimmed) color glossy NASA MSC photo #S-65-45002 with caption on verso, picturing: "Members of the second shift, the 'White Team' during the flight of Gemini V planned for August 21-29, 1965." It has been signed by eighteen of those shown in the photo (starting with back row), as follows: "Neil Armstrong", "Buzz Aldrin", "Duane Catterson", "Will Fenner", "Dave Massaro", "Don Bray", "Al Chop", "Hank Stephenson", "John Aaron", "Bill Johnson", "Andy Piske", "Ron Cagle", "Russ Nickerson", "Larry Armstrong", "Andrew S. Davis", "Larry W. Keyser", "Dutch von Ehrenfried", and "Eugene F Kranz". Both Armstrong and Aldrin were CAPCOMs with Armstrong also performing duties as backup commander. The photo is in very fine condition other than for general fading. Many of the signatures were apparently accomplished in fountain pen and have also faded to varying degrees as shown in the image. However, the Armstrong, Aldrin, Kranz, Massaro, and Johnson signatures are in black felt tip and are bold and strong.
    "BlueTeam": A 9.5" x 7.25" (trimmed) color glossy NASA MSC photo #S-65-28497 with caption on verso, picturing: "Members of the third shift, the 'Blue Team' who manned the Mission Control Center during the Gemini V mission." It has been signed by fifteen of those shown in the photo (starting with front row), as follows: "Elliot See", "John D. Hodge", "Dave Scott", "Walter Arellano", "G Fred Kelly", "Terry White", "Ed Pavelka Jr.", "W Merlin Merritt", "Charles Harlan", "Arnold D. Aldrich", "Dick Schultheiss", "Bill Molnar", "Kenneth W. Russell", "John S Llewellyn", and "Douglass R. Wilson". Both Elliot See and Dave Scott were CAPCOMs with See also performing duties as the backup pilot. The photo is in very fine condition other than for general fading. Many of the signatures in blue and red ink have also faded to varying degrees as shown in the image. However, the See, Hodge, Molnar, Russell, Llewellyn, and Aldrich signatures are in black felt tip and are bold and strong.

    Included with this lot is a printed facsimile of the September 3, 1965 issue of Space News Roundup, the Manned Spacecraft Center's newsletter, with a complete report of this record-breaking mission. On page seven are found these three press photos of the Mission Control teams. Essentially an impossible-to-duplicate collection of signatures.


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