DescriptionGemini 5 Flown Fliteline Gold Plated Sterling Silver Medal, obtained by Astronaut Joseph P. Kerwin as a member of the Astronaut Flight Office. The 25mm medal was flown aboard Gemini 5, which doubled the space-flight record of the Gemini 4 mission to eight days, the length of time that it would take to fly a mission to the moon. Onboard Gemini 5 were Gordon Cooper and Charles Conrad, Jr. The flight took place between August 21 and August 29, 1965.
The obverse of the medal shows a covered wagon due to the pioneering nature of the flight. It was also has "8 Days or Bust" across the wagon. This concerned NASA managers who feared that if the mission didn't last the full duration, it would be seen as a failure even if it wasn't. It also placed too much emphasis on the mission length and not the experiments. In the end they were 104 minutes short of eight days. The reverse has the dates of the flight. The reverse also has some packing residue. From the collection of Joseph P. Kerwin, M.D., who has included a signed Letter of Certification verifying its provenance.
(For more information on this topic, be sure to read Howard C. Weinberger's article, The Gemini Fliteline Medals.)
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