DescriptionGemini 3 Flown Heat Shield Plug in Capsule-Shaped Plastic Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Pilot John Young, Signed on the Wooden Base. A segment, approximately 1" in diameter x 1.75" long, sealed in a plastic representation of the spacecraft itself, overall 3" x 4.5" in size. This is mounted to a triangular-shaped base, 4" 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" x 7" 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. Very fine condition.
On the wooden base, John Young has signed his name in silver.
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