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    Gemini 10 Flown Gilt Fliteline Medallion Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young, with His Signed Letter of Certification. This 25mm medal was flown aboard Gemini 10, July 18-21, 1966, with crewmembers John Young and Michael Collins. The obverse depicts the mission insignia, a large Roman numeral "X" with both Gemini spacecraft and Agena target vehicle orbiting it and two stars, with the crew surnames above and below. The reverse has the flight name and dates engraved in block letters. Excellent.

    Included with this lot is an interesting signed LOA on Stafford, Burke and Hecker letterhead reading, in full: "The enclosed gold plated sterling silver medallion was one of the very few of this type carried aboard the Gemini X spacecraft during July 18 to 21, 1966. It was presented to me by my good friend John Young who was mission commander and fellow astronaut Michael Collins. John would have one of the most distinguished careers of the entire Astronaut Corps. He flew two Gemini flights and two Apollo flights, with me on Apollo X in 1969 and then landing and walking on the moon in April 1972 during Apollo 16. Later he commanded the first Space Shuttle flight in 1981 and finally the 9th Shuttle flight in 1983. Mike Collins was Command Module Pilot of the most historic mission of all time, Apollo 11. He remained in lunar orbit to enabled Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to successfully return from the moon after they made the first lunar landing and surface exploration on July 20, 1969.

    "This medallion has the highly symbolic Roman numeral X on the front with two stars reflecting the two astronauts and the Gemini Program itself. The orbital paths of both the Agena and Gemini spacecraft are plotted around the Roman numeral representing the mission objectives of rendezvous and docking. The crew's last names are also on the front with the mission number and flight dates being engraved on the back.

    "John and Mike had much better luck with their Agena than the two failures I had on my Gemini flights. They were able to rendezvous and dock with their Agena and used its powerful rocket engine to increase their orbit to over 400 nautical miles high during their first flight day. On their second flight day, the used the Agena's motor again to put them into the same orbit as the Agena used with Neil Armstrong's Gemini 8 flight. That same day, Mike opened this spacecraft hatch and stood up while in the vacuum of space to take stellar photography with a special camera. They had a problem with a small leak of lithium hydroxide in their oxygen supply. That irritated their eyes a bit but they were able to purge it out of the system after Mike closed his hatch.

    "On their third flight day, they undocked from their Agena and completed the rendezvous with Armstrong's Agena 8. Mike started his second and full up spacewalk after that rendezvous. He used a small hand held nitrogen propelled maneuvering gun to travel over to Armstrong's Agena. Mike encountered similar problems as Gene Cernan did on our Gemini flight with the ability to hold onto objects and dealing with his tether cable. Unfortunately, he lost a camera he was carrying which began its own orbit of the earth.

    "John and Mike returned to earth on July 21 and came close to beating my record of the closest landing to target, but were off by around 2 miles. The USS Guadalcanal picked them up after some 70 hours in space and making 43 orbits of the earth."


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    May, 2019
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