Gemini First Day Covers

FIRST DAY COVERS

Gemini 1 - First Unmanned Gemini mission
This is a NASA issued card showing the Gemini space craft.
Here we have a Orbits covers cachet cancelled for the 8-April-1964 launch of the first unmanned Gemini mission.
Pictured here is a Swanson cover for the launch of the first of the Gemini missions and is cancelled for the launch of Gemini 1 on 8-April-1964.
This Sarzin cover shows a Gemini capsule along side a Mercury capsule and is cancelled 29-May-1964.
Gemini 2 - Unmanned mission
This is another Orbits covers cachet, this time cancelled for the 19-January-1965 launch of the second unmanned Gemini mission.
Gemini 3 - First American multi-manned space mission
This was Grissom and Young's Gemini mission that occurred 23-March-1965.

Here is a Orbits first day cover issued for the first manned Gemini mission and also cancelled on the day at Cape Canaveral.

Pictured here is a Swanson cover cancelled on the day commemorating Gemini 3.
This first day cover commemorating the first manned Gemini mission and was cancelled on the day at Cape Canaveral. Many of the Gemini covers appeared like this with only the astronauts names added and the cancellation dates to distinguish them apart.
Gemini 4 - First American space walk (EVA)
White and McDivitt's Gemini 4 mission launch was on the 3-June. Edward White became the first American to perform a space walk (EVA) on 4-June-1965.

This postcard features the famous image of Ed White in drifting in free space.

This Orbit Covers first day cover commemorate the GT-4 mission and is cancelled 18-June-1965.
Here is a Swanson Gemini 4 cover cancelled Cape Canaveral 3-June-1965.
This is a Sarzin first day cover commemorating White's space walk and is also cancelled Cape Canaveral 3-June-1965.
This cover from an unknown cachet, commemorates White's space walk and is cancelled on the 3-June-1965 at Cape Canaveral.
Gemini 5
This was Conrad and Cooper's Gemini mission, launched on 21-August-1965. The eight day mission duration was to emulate that of a lunar mission.

This is a Orbits first day cover commemorating the flight.

Pictured here is a Swansons cover for the Gemini 5 mission launch.
Finally this is a Sarzin cover issued for the launch.
Gemini 6
Schirra and Stafford's Gemini mission, launched on 15-December-1965.

Here is the Orbits first day cover issued for the flight.

Gemini 7
Borman and Lovell's Gemini mission, launched on 4-December-1965 this was a 14 day endurance flight and included a rendezvous with GT-6 (they didn't dock).

Here is the Orbit covers issue for the Gemini 7 mission.

This is a Sarzin cover for the launch of GT-7.
Another Sarzin cover, this one was issued on 15-December for the rendezvous of Gemini 7 with Gemini 6. Although the Soviets had previously claimed the honours of multi-craft missions with Vostoks 3/4 and 5/6, what was not known at the time was that they lacked the ability to manoeuvre, so this was in fact the first such rendezvous mission involving two manned space craft.
And finally this is the Sarzin cover for the return of GT-7 on 18-December-1965 after travelling 5 million miles during the missions 2 week in Earth's orbit.
Gemini 8 - First docking to an unmanned craft in space
Armstrong and Scott's Gemini mission featured the first docking with the unmanned Agena in space.

The mission was cut short after a stuck thruster on the Agena resulted in the two craft got into a spin. The mission was launched on 16-March-1966 and only lasted 10 hours before having an emergency landing.

This orbit covers cachet first day cover is cancelled 16-March-1966 at Cape Canaveral.

This is the Sarzin cover for the launch of the Gemini 8 mission.
Gemini 9
Stafford and Cernan's Gemini mission, launched on 3-June-1966 featured a docking and an EVA.

Here is an Orbit cover issued for the flight.

This Sarzin cover is cancelled 3-June-1966 at Cape Canaveral.
This is another 3rd June Sarzin cover.
Another 3rd June cover.
Gemini 10
Young and Collin's Gemini mission, launched on 18-July-1966 featured a double rendezvous, the second being GT-8's powerless Agena and EVA.

This is a Orbit cover commemorating the Gemini 10 flight and cancelled on launch day at Cape Canaveral.

This cover also commemorates the launch and is cancelled Cape Canaveral 18-July-1966.
Gemini 11
Conrad and Gordon's Gemini mission, launched on 12-September-1966.

Here is the Orbit covers issue for the Gemini 11 mission.

This Sarzin cover is for the launch of the Agena unmanned module that Gemini 11 was to dock with.
Gemini 12
Lovell and Aldrin's Gemini mission featuring the results of newer techniques in EVA training. Launched on 11-November-1966 was the last of the Gemini missions before America's space program shifted its focus to the Apollo program.

This is the Orbit cover for this flight and is cancelled for the launch on 11-November.

Here is the Sarzin cover issued for the take off of Gemini 12.
Commemorative
This is an Artcraft cover commemorating the Gemini missions and featuring the Project Gemini space walk stamps.
Here is a cover commemorating the Gemini missions and featuring the pair of Project Gemini space walk stamps.
This large cover features all the Gemini mission patches and crew images.
and another cover featuring a pair of the double Gemini stamps.
And finally these are two Project Gemini information pages issued for the Gemini commemorative 29-September-1967 stamp release.


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