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This design is the fourth in the series "Celebrating 50 Years of America in Space" it honors the men and women of Project Gemini.
The design celebrates every manned mission in the Gemini Program. The central focus is the Project Gemini symbol, a Roman Numeral II with two stars of the Gemini constellation indicating the two man crew. The Gemini symbol rises above the Earth and points the way to the Moon. The main theme of each crew's mission emblem surrounds the perimeter of this patch. Each crew member's surname is paired in the order in which they first flew. The surnames of the final prime crew pilots (Cernan, Collins, Gordon and Aldrin) are placed together as their commanders had already flown. The four smaller stars in the center honor Ted Freeman, Ed Givens, Elliott See and Charlie Bassett who were killed before they could fly in space.
The patch is 8" in diameter with a merrowed border. It is not fully embroidered as the area of "space" behind the crew emblems is black twill. This allows the astronauts artwork to be highlighted in a 3 dimensional effect. The center area (inside the white circle) of this patch is fully embroidered.
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