Gemini 9A Flown Heat Shield Lucite

Gemini 9A Flown Heat Shield Lucite

Unusually large, vintage Gemini 9A flown heatshield section sealed in an acrylic capsule from the estate of Apollo Astronaut Donn Eisele.

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Archive Id GT9A-FHSL-1

DESCRIPTION

Vintage Gemini 9A flown heatshield section measuring approximately 1" x 2", embedded within a 3" diameter x 2.5" tall lucite cylinder. The text "GEMINI IX / JUNE 3-6, 1966 / STAFFORD / CERNAN" is engraved on the bottom. This vintage piece comes from the estate of Apollo Astronaut Donn Eisele.

Gemini 9A proved to be one of the more eventful Gemini missions. Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan were able to rendezvous with the Agena Target Vehicle during Gemini 9A, but they were unable to dock with it because a launch preparation fault prevented the nose fairing from ejecting from the docking target. During his two-hour extravehicular activity, Cernan was supposed to demonstrate free flight in the USAF Astronaut Maneuvering Unit, a self-contained rocket pack. However, stress, exhaustion, and overheating prevented him from completing his arduous task.

Authentication Information:

Vintage lucite presentation is a widely recognized configuration from Rockwell and comes from the collection of Apollo Astronaut Donn Eisele. Heatshield within the lucite exhibits expected charring from the heat of re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.

Condition Report:

Some minor surface scratching, as expected due to age, but otherwise in fine condition.

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