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Gemini VII Flown Heatshield CoreThis artifact is a Lucite presentation piece containing a flown heatshield core sample from the Gemini VII spacecraft.

This presentation was produced by the McDonnell Corporation. McDonnell was the prime contractor for the Gemini spacecraft.  On the front of the Lucite imprinted in gold letters is the company name.

On the back of this piece is a metal plate with information about the flight.  The plaque states, "Souvenir cut from the Gemini VII heatshield which was recovered from the Atlantic on 18 December 1965 After the first space rendezvous and the longest space flight of 14 days.  This heatshield protected Astronauts Borman and Lovell From reentry temperatures of 3100 degrees Fahrenheit."

This artifact was acquired by the Earth To The Moon Air and Space Museum through an eBay auction.

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