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    Gemini 5 Flown Fliteline Sterling Silver Medallion Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Pilot Charles Conrad. This 26mm silver medal features the "covered wagon" mission insignia on the obverse and the engraved mission dates on the reverse: "August 21-29, 1965" along with the sterling hallmark. It flew along with crewmembers Charles Conrad and Gordon Cooper on the mission that Conrad once jokingly referred to as "eight days in a garbage can." NASA objected to the "Eight Days or Bust" slogan seen on this medallion as they thought it belittled the true mission emphasis on scientific and medical experiments. Fliteline medallions are thought to have been produced in much smaller quantities than the later Robbins issues for Apollo; examples from the collections of crewmembers are quite desirable. Excellent condition.

    Included with this lot is a Letter of Certification signed "Charles Conrad Jr, GT-5 PLT." stating: "This sterling silver Gemini 5 medallion flew in space from August 21 to 29, 1965. Gemini 5 was my first space mission and the second for Gordon Cooper who was mission commander. The covered wagon reflects the pioneering spirit of this early Gemini flight. This medallion became part of history when we completed the record breaking eight day flight. Our successful completion of Gemini 5 marked the beginning of the U.S. lead in manned space exploration. The medallion is from my personal collection."

    Also included with this lot is a color photo of Cooper holding this medallion.


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    October, 2009
    8th Thursday
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