DescriptionGemini 12 Flown Heat Shield Plug in Lucite from the Personal Collection of Mission Pilot James Lovell with written and signed authentication from him. A section, 0.75" x 0.5" x 1.75", sealed in a Lucite cylinder, 3" in diameter and 2.5" tall with "GEMINI XII/ NOV. 11-15, 1966" engraved on the bottom. Included with it is a signed, handwritten certification on the verso of Lovell's business card: "A piece of Heat Shield/ from Gemini 12/ Authenticated/ James Lovell/ CDR GT-12". This last mission of the Gemini Project accomplished a number of important objectives including multiple EVAs, a rendezvous and docking with an Agena Target Vehicle, and a demonstration of computer-controlled re-entry (that brought them down only 4.8 kilometers from the target). Excellent condition.
This lot also includes a signed Letter of Authenticity from Lovell on his letterhead stating: "I hereby certify that this is a piece of the heat shield that was removed from the Gemini 12 spacecraft and given to me shortly after my return on the Gemini 12 mission in November, 1966. [It] is from my personal collection of space artifacts and has been in my possession since the mission."
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