This is a commercial copy of the Gemini IX mission patch. Gemini IX, launched on June 1, 1966, was the seventh human flight in Project Gemini, NASA's second human spaceflight program. Eugen Cernan and Thomas Stafford were the astronauts. Gemini IX achieved the third rendevous with another spacecraft in the program, an unmanned Agena target vehicle which had been launched the same day. Additionally, Eugene Cernan conducted extra-vehicular activity. This replica was made for commercial sale.
Mance Clayton donated it to the National Collection in 1982.
Gift of Mance Clayton