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    Gemini 5 Flown Embroidered Mission Insignia Patch Directly from the Jim Rathmann Collection. Originally presented to the Rathmanns by Mission Pilot Pete Conrad. This rare 4" partially-embroidered on white cloth patch flew with crewmembers Gordon Cooper and Charles Conrad on their eight day mission, August 21-29, 1965. Gemini 5 was the first U.S. mission to have an insignia patch, at Cooper's request. He chose the design of the covered wagon because of the pioneering nature of the flight. The "8 Days or Bust" slogan was frowned upon by NASA who thought it placed too much emphasis on the length of the flight and not the experiments completed. The crew was instructed to cover that slogan on their spacesuit patches but the souvenir patches they carried were allowed aboard unaltered. This is one such example. Pristine condition.

    A copy of a two-page letter from Pete Conrad to Kay Rathmann discussing how he had gathered as many flown Gemini patches and medallions as he could for the Rathmanns' collection is included with this lot.


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