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This version of the Gemini 6 crew patch is the original design. The “GTA” designation stands for “Gemini-Titan-Agena”, however the launch of the Agena docking target failed, so the mission objective was changed to rendezvous with Gemini 7. The hexagonal patch with the stylized “6” shape was designed by Gemini astronaut Wally Schirra. 

In November of 1965, Elliot See, Jr. and Charles Bassett II were selected as the prime crew of Gemini IX. Bassett and See were killed on February 28, 1966, when their T-38 trainer jet crashed. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of their selection as the prime crew. The patch celebrates their selection and remembers their contribution to the US space program.
Patch design depicts one of the astronauts on an EVA with their capsule in the foreground and Earth below. The astronaut is reaching toward the moon, the ultimate goal of the space program at the time. 
 

 

A big thank you to all of the backers to made the second Kickstarter campaign a huge success. The See-Bassett commemorative patch will be made! The campaign raised almost twice the original funding goal so I added a stretch goal for a second patch to be made. It seems only fair to use the extra funds for more creative work and the stretch goal was funded within a few days. I let the backers and collectors vote on which patch they would like to see included. 

The votes were overwhelmingly in support of a Deke Slayton Delta 7 fantasy patch to complement the Eagle One Aerospace Mercury artwork patch series. The second place votes supported a Pegasus Satellite patch. 

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