Gemini 9A Flown Charm Directly from the Personal Collection of Lola Morrow. A heavy silver-colored, plated charm, 0.875" square, engraved "FLOWN/ GEMINI IX/ 06-03-1966". Often called the "den mother" to the astronauts, Ms. Morrow ran the astronaut office at Cape Canaveral and this is one of her own keepsakes. Gemini 9A was a three-day mission, June 3-6, 1966, with Thomas Stafford and Gene Cernan aboard. They were the first backup crew to fly into space as the original crew of Elliot See and Charles Bassett had died in a training plane crash. Very fine condition with some light wear.

    Included with this lot is a handwritten, signed letter of authenticity from Ms. Morrow. It reads, in full: "Tom & Gene were very busy training in the Flight Crew Training Building across the parking lot from our building. When they were in the office before their flight, Gene asked if I had something he could take on their flight. We remove a blank silver disk from my bracelet. After the flight, Gene returned the disk. I was just glad to see them back okay! It was a scary flight!"

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    April, 2010
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