DescriptionGemini 3 Flown Heat Shield Plug in Capsule-Shaped Plastic Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Pilot John Young, Certified and Signed. A segment, approximately 0.875" in diameter x 1.75" long, sealed in a plastic representation of the spacecraft itself, overall 3" diameter x 4.5" long. This is mounted to a triangular-shaped base, 3.75" x 5.25" overall, underneath which is engraved: "HEAT SHIELD OF/ MOLLY BROWN/ V. I. 'GUS' GRISSOM/ JOHN YOUNG/ 3 ORBITS/ 3-23-65/ G.T. # 3". This is, in turn, mounted to a triangular 6.5" x 7.75" wooden base. This plug was drilled from the capsule's heat shield, an integral and important part of the space capsule, helping to ensure its safe reentry into Earth's atmosphere. Gemini 3 was the first U.S. two-man space mission and John Young was the first U.S. non-"Mercury Seven" astronaut to fly. Fine condition overall; the base and capsule are lightly scratched and soiled (likely could be cleaned) and the plastic post holding the capsule in position has been broken and repaired but still functions.
Young has certified this item on the wooden base: "From My Personal Collection/ John Young".
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