"Keep turning the pages, you idiot!"

    Gemini 10 Flown Rendezvous Checklist with Annotations by Michael Collins, Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young, Certified and Signed. A loose-leaf book. 8.5" x 10.5", of approximately fifty-six pages (forty-five of which are printed) on both regular weight paper and cardstock, all three-hole punched and bound with three binder rings between two heavyweight covers. Printed at the lower edge of the front cover, beneath a printed and annotated circular graph chart, is "PART NO/ CF55069", "DASH/ -1" "S/N/ 105", "S/C/ [blank]","BOOK/ [blank]", and "REMARKS/ RENDEZVOUS". Vertically along the front cover is written "Collins Gemini X 18-21- July 1966". Inside the book are literally hundreds of handwritten notes, figures, and chart entries made during the mission by Pilot Michael Collins who was on his first spaceflight. This is a significant piece of space exploration history. Fine condition with signs of heavy use; one page, titled "S/C Translation Updates", exhibits some dampstaining.

    Of special note: there is a star chart taped onto the inside back board with numerous notations; the back cover has a handwritten flight timeline with notes as to eating, sleeping, and duties; one of the earlier pages has a cryptic written message: "Shingle loose on nose"; at the bottom of a page titled "Primary Rendezvous LOS Control", there is a mysterious memo: "KEEP TURNING THE PAGES, YOU IDIOT!". Most of the written portions are in blue felt tip but a number of other felt tip colors are used to highlight various charts and entries. A fascinating book that gives a rare insight to the complex duties and functions performed by this highly-successful Gemini crew during their eventful three day flight.

    The capability for two spacecrafts to rendezvous (and dock) with each other was critical for the upcoming Apollo missions to the moon. Gemini 10 was an historic mission in that it rendezvoused twice, once with an unpowered, dormant object (a first). An Agena Target Vehicle was launched 100 minutes before Gemini 10 and, after several burns, GT10 docked with their Agena nose to nose and used that target vehicle to boost them (a first) up to the higher orbit (then a record height) where the "dead" Gemini 8 Agena was located. They visually sighted and approached the older target vehicle and flew, station-keeping, about ten feet away while Michael Collins made an EVA to the other spacecraft to retrieve experimental packages, another space first.

    Young has certified this item on the front cover: "Flown: John Young".

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