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Bells, Gemini 6

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This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

These bells are part of the harmonica and bell set carried by astronauts Walter "Wally" Schirra and Tom Stafford aboard Gemini 6 in December of 1965. The mission was to test the docking and maneuvering capability of the Gemini spacecraft.

Approximately five hours after the successful maneuvering of the the two spacecraft to within six inches of each other, astronauts Schirra and Stafford played "Jingle Bells" with these instruments and pretended to see a UFO called Santa Claus.

Astronaut Tom Stafford gave the bells and his harmonica to the National Collection in 1967.

Collection Item Long Description:

Title

Gemini VI bells

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Donated by Thomas P. Stafford

Materials

  • Steel
  • Nickel Plating
  • Nylon
  • Velcro

Dimensions

3-D: 8 × 8.5 × 1cm (3 1/8 × 3 3/8 × 3/8 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Personal Items

Inventory Number

A19670148001