DescriptionGemini 11 Flown Fliteline Gold Plated Sterling Silver Medal, obtained by Astronaut Joseph P. Kerwin as a member of the Astronaut Flight Office. The 20 mm x 25 mm medal was flown aboard Gemini 11 which accomplished a rendezvous immediately after reaching orbit, just as it would have to be done with the up-coming Apollo missions around the Moon. Only 85 minutes after launch, Conrad and Gordon matched orbits with their Agena target stage and docked several times. The crew members were Pete Conrad and Richard Gordon. The flight took place between September 12-15, 1966.
On the obverse of the medal, stars are used to mark the major milestones of the mission. The first orbit Agena rendezvous is marked by a small star just above the earth, to the left. The Agena docking is marked by a large star on the left. The star at the top marks the record high apogee (1,374 km) reached by Gemini 11. Finally the star on right marks Dick Gordon's spacewalk. The docking, record apogee and spacewalk are also shown on the patch by the Agena, orbital apogee path and spacewalking astronaut. The reverse has the dates of the flight and the mission designation. The reverse also has some discoloration due to packing residue. From the collection of Joseph P. Kerwin, M.D., who has included a signed Letter of Certification verifying its provenance.
(For more information on this topic, be sure to read Howard C. Weinberger's article, The Gemini Fliteline Medals.)
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