TOM STAFFORD'S SIGNED provenance letter reads: "The Gemini 6 crew emblem displayed below is one that I carried into space during December 15, 1965. The emblem became a part of history when the Gemini 6 spacecraft completed the world's first manned space flight rendezvous with Gemini 7 later that day. This flight technique was one of the most significant capabilities demonstrated in the Gemini Program. Spacecraft rendezvous later became the flight method to accomplish a manned lunar landing and return. Commander Wally Schirra and I completed our mission on December 16.
This emblem has been in my private collection since 1965. The star constellations of Gemini and Orion as well as the star Sirius are shown on the patch which represents the celestial background where the rendezvous occurred. We patterned our own constellation of a "6" using that background."
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