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LM-12
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posted 06-26-2015 10:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A blue pennant with the Gemini program insignia was flown onboard Gemini 3. The pennant then flew at MSC in Houston during the remaining Gemini missions. I think the photo number for this caption is either S66-64324 or S66-64328.
RETIRED BANNERS--MSC Security guards lower for the last time the US Flag and Gemini pennant flown during Gemini missions following Gemini Xll splashdown. The flag and pennant, made by employees of the Technical Services Division, Parachute Support Section from lightweight nylon parachute material, were carried aboard Gemini III by crewmen Virgil "Gus" Grissom and John Young during the three-orbit mission March 23, 1965. The flags flew on the MSC flagstaff around the clock, from liftoff to splash, during Gemini missions IV through XII. Both the US flag and the Gemini pennant will be retired to permanent exhibit in a glass case in the Auditorium lobby.
The flagstaff was outside the MSC Headquarters Building. Was flying a pennant on the MSC flagstaff during missions unique to the Gemini program?

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posted 06-27-2015 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the April 1965 MSC Fact Sheet describing Gemini 3 post-landing events:
The round of greetings came to at least a temporary halt Thursday at noon when the two pilots participated in a short ceremony at the Manned Spacecraft Center. During this ceremony a flag, made of parachute silk by members of the parachute support section of MSC's Technical Support Division, was raised. The flag had been carried in the Gemini 3 spacecraft and Dr. Gilruth said it would be flown at MSC during all future Gemini missions.

The Gemini pennant can be seen on page 183 of this "Flags in Space: NASA Symbols and Flags in the U.S. Manned Space Program" document.

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posted 06-27-2015 10:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the early 1980s that pennant was on display upstairs in the small museum in Building 2 at JSC, not far from Gemini V.

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posted 06-28-2015 12:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The present location of the Gemini pennant is not known, apparently.

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posted 06-28-2015 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
MSC Security guards lower for the last time the US Flag and Gemini pennant flown during Gemini missions following Gemini Xll splashdown.
You can actually see this at the end of the 1966 "Gemini 12 Mission" NASA film.

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posted 03-23-2016 12:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by LM-12:
Was flying a pennant on the MSC flagstaff during missions unique to the Gemini program?
Apparently, other mission flags were flown outside Building 2 at the Manned Spacecraft Center. This caption is from JSC "Roundup" in January 1974:
The SL-4 crew passed the Skylab 3 spaceflight duration record of 59 days, 11 hours, 9 minutes and 4 seconds at 8:10 p.m. last Monday. Similarly, the Skylab 4 flag has flown in front of BLDG 2 longer than any other mission flag.

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This tradition extends to this day. The current space station expedition flag flies in the Building 1/2 courtyard.

Throughout the shuttle program, the corresponding orbiter flag flew whenever one of the vehicles was in space.

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posted 03-24-2016 02:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Go4Launch:
In the early 1980s that pennant was on display upstairs in the small museum in Building 2 at JSC, not far from Gemini V.

Photo S77-23416 shows the flown Gemini pennant on display in Building 2, according to the document linked earlier.

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