DescriptionGemini 5 Flown Embroidered Mission Insignia Patch Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Gordon Cooper, Certified and Signed. This 4" patch flew with crewmembers Gordon Cooper and Charles Conrad on their eight day mission, August 21-29, 1965. It is lightly mounted to the Letter of Certification. Gemini 5 was the third two-man U.S. mission. Excellent condition.
Cooper (1927-2004) has certified this patch on the verso: "Flown on/ Gemini V/ Gordon Cooper". The "Gemini V' has fair contrast, otherwise excellent.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from Gordon Cooper on his personal letterhead stating, in part: "This patch flew on the Gemini 5 mission during August 21 to 29, 1965. I was spacecraft commander with fellow astronaut Charles Conrad as pilot. Gemini 5 was the first flight to have a designed crew mission emblem... The idea for the cover wagon came from a wooden model a family member had whittled. I felt it was the best way to symbolize the pioneering spirit of this early Gemini flight. The '8 days or bust' wording was a natural addition based on our mission objectives. However, NASA administrator James Webb wanted the wording removed because any flight time short of eight days could have been seen as a mission failure. We were directed to cover the wording with cloth for the patches sewn on our flight suits..." Cooper has added beneath the first signature: "8 Days of Bust: Gordon Cooper Gemini 5".
Also included with this lot is a color photo of Cooper holding this patch and certificate.
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