GEMINI IX CREW - INSCRIBED DOCUMENT SIGNED 06/03/1966 CO-SIGNED BY: CAPTAIN GENE CERNAN, LT. GENERAL THOMAS P. STAFFORD - DOCUMENT 101183
GEMINI IX CREW, CO-SIGNED BY: GENE CERNAN, THOMAS P. "TOM" STAFFORD
Four-photo 15¾x19¾ montage of America's Gemini IX mission signed by crew members Stafford and Cernan
Inscribed document signed "Tom Stafford" and "Gene Cernan". 15¾x19¾ mounting card. With four color photographs attached: the launch of the Gemini IX space capsule, a view of the Advanced Docking Target Adapter (ADTA) from the capsule, Cernan during his spacewalk and the capsule's recovery by the USS Wasp. Signatures are on photo of launch. With title card in upper right corner captioned "Gemini IX/Tom Stafford - Gene Cernan/June 3-6, 1966" and central cross-shaped card signed "To Stan/Jacobson/Many Thanks/And Sincere/Best/Wishes" in unknown hand. The Gemini IX was America's 13th manned spaceflight. They were supposed to dock with the, similar to the Agena Target Vehicle, but had to cancel it after the ADTA's shroud still partially closed over the docking hatch. Cernan also left the capsule for extra vehicular activity, which was supposed to include the use of an Astronaut Maneuvering Unit (AMU) rocket pack, predecessor of the current Manned Maneuvering Unit. But he struggled in microgravity and sweated profusely, which fogged up his spacesuit visor, effectively left him blind and prevented him from using the AMU. Cernan, born in Chicago, Illinois in 1934 was one of 14 astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963. He was the Pilot of Gemini 9 (1966), which failed to dock with a target vehicle, and the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 10 (1969), which evaluated the Lunar Module's performance in the lunar environment, descending to within ten miles of the moon's surface. As Commander of Apollo 17 (1972), he was the last man to walk on the Moon, spending over 73 hours on the lunar surface. Stafford, born in Weatherford, Oklahoma in 1930, was aboard Gemini 6 with Wally Schirra in the first rendezvous in space and Gemini 9, which accomplished three different types of rendezvous, with Gene Cernan. Stafford, Cernan, and John Young were aboard Apollo 10, which orbited the Moon. They maneuvered the ship within nine miles of the lunar surface. Ten years after his first Gemini flight, Stafford flew with Vance Brand and Deke Slayton on the Apollo vehicle that docked with the Soviet Soyuz. Lightly toned. Corners of mounting card are rounded. Photos of launch and spacewalk are stained. Title card is water spotted. Central card is foxed and has separated from mounting card. Photos are pulling away from mounting card. Otherwise in fine condition.