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Bells, Gemini VI, 1965

Bells, Gemini VI, 1965

Eric Long, Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

Bells, Gemini VI, 1965

These bells are part of the harmonica and bell set carried by astronauts Walter “Wally” Schirra and Tom Stafford aboard Gemini VI in December 1965.

The Gemini’s mission was to test its docking and maneuvering capability.

About five hours after its rendezvous with Gemini VII and the successful maneuvering of the two spacecraft to within 6 inches of each other, astronauts Schirra and Stafford played “Jingle Bells” with these bells.

This object is one of 137 million artifacts, works of art and specimens in the Smithsonian’s collection. This object is on display at the National Air and Space Museum.

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