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Larger Size NASA Gemini 9 Space Mission Embroidered Patch
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Larger Size NASA Gemini 9 Space Mission Embroidered Patch

This new format Gemini mission patch is larger and more detailed than those ordinarily available. Each comes in its own sealed packet. Each patch has a full colour header card with details of the mission on the reverse.

Gemini 9A (officially Gemini IX-A) was a 1966 manned spaceflight in

NASA's Gemini program. It was the 7th manned Gemini flight, the 13th manned American flight and the 23rd spaceflight of all time (includes X-15 flights over 100 kilometres (62 mi)).

Stafford and Cernan became the first backup crew to fly in space since Scott Carpenter replaced Deke Slayton on MA-7. The original prime crew for Gemini IX, Elliott See (Command Pilot) and Charles Bassett (Pilot), were both killed on February 28, 1966 (four months before the mission) when their plane crashed into the McDonnell building in St. Louis, Missouri where their spacecraft was being built. The backup crew of Stafford and Cernan was promoted to the prime crew, while a new backup crew was created from the crew originally assigned as backup to Gemini X. This latter fact is significant as the standard crew rotation meant that a spot on the backup crew of Gemini X would have placed Buzz Aldrin on the prime crew of the non-existent Gemini XIII. (The crew rotation usually meant that after serving on a backup crew, an astronaut could expect to skip two missions and then be on a prime crew.) Being moved up to the backup crew of Gemini IX meant that Aldrin flew prime crew on Gemini XII, which played a major part in his selection for the Apollo 8 backup and Apollo 11 prime crews, ultimately making him the second man on the moon.