Gemini-6A and Earth

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Earth Imagery

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Below is a checklist of Gemini-mission Earth Imagery on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
Earth imagery
Earth image1 from Gemini-4
(1965-06-03)
Earth image2 from Gemini-4
(1965-06-03)
Earth image3 from Gemini-4
(1965-06-03)
Earth image4 from Gemini-4
(1965-06-03)
Earth image4 from Gemini-4
(1965-06-03)
Earth image5 from Gemini-4
(1965-06-03)
Earth image5 from Gemini-4
(1965-06-03)
Earth image6 from Gemini-4
(1965-06-03)
Earth image7 from Gemini-4
(1965-06-03)
Earth image8 from Gemini-4
(1965-06-03)
Earth image9 from Gemini-4
(1965-06-03)
Earth image9 from Gemini-4
(1965-06-03)
Earth image10 from Gemini-4
(1965-06-04)
Earth image1 from Gemini-6A
(1965-12-15)
Earth image2 from Gemini-6A
(1965-12-15)
Earth image2 from Gemini-6A
(1965-12-15)
Earth image3 from Gemini-6A
(1965-12-15)
Earth image4 from Gemini-6A
(1965-12-15)
Earth image5 from Gemini-6A
(1965-12-15)
Earth image from Gemini-9A
(1966-06-03)
Earth image1 from Gemini-10
(1966-07-19)
Earth image2 from Gemini-10
(1966-07-19)
Earth image1 from Gemini-11
(1966-09-13)
Earth image2 from Gemini-11
(1966-09-14)
Earth image3 from Gemini-11
(1966-09-14)
Earth image4 from Gemini-11
(1966-09-14)
Earth image4 from Gemini-11
(1966-09-14)
Earth image1 from Gemini-12
(1966-11-11)
Earth image2 from Gemini-12
(1966-11-12)
Earth image3 from Gemini-12
(1966-11-13)
Chronological list with details of Gemini-mission Earth imagery


Below is a list of Gemini-mission Earth Imagery on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Earth imagery
[image details in table at bottom of page]
Earth image1 from Gemini-4 (1965-06-03)
DagestanUnknown c (Mi?)One of MS6 (a-f)1997Earth image1 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background), when rotated -90 deg
ManamaMi964A
Mi964B
From strip of 5 (Mi963A-967A)
Imperforate, from strip of 5 (Mi963B-967B)
1972Earth image1 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
ManamaBL190A
BL190B
On stamp of SS1 (Mi964A)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (Mi964B)
United States1529 fdc1 (Mi1136 fdc1)(5c military scrip and black typed) cachet on FDC/Skylab-1 1st anniversary of launch cover1971Earth image1 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background), when rotated 180 deg
United States1529 fdc2 (Mi1136 fdc2)(10c military scrip and black typed) cachet on FDC/Skylab-1 1st anniversary of launch cover1971Earth image1 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background), when rotated 180 deg
United States1529 fdc3 (Mi1136 fdc3)(25c military scrip and black typed) cachet on FDC/Skylab-1 1st anniversary of launch cover1971Earth image1 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background), when rotated 180 deg
United States1529 fdc4 (Mi1136 fdc4)(50c military scrip and black typed) cachet on FDC/Skylab-1 1st anniversary of launch cover1971Earth image1 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background), when rotated 180 deg
Earth image2 from Gemini-4 (1965-06-03)
ManamaMi1094A
Mi1094B

Imperforate
1972Earth image2 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
Earth image3 from Gemini-4 (1965-06-03)
GambiaUnknown a (Mi?)Two of MS4 (2x (a-b))2021Earth image3 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
Earth image4 from Gemini-4 (1965-06-03)
GambiaUnknown b (Mi?)Two of MS4 (2x (a-b))2021Earth image4 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
Maldive Islands3547 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC2015Earth image4 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
ManamaMi971A
Mi971B

Imperforate
1972Earth image4 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
United States1332b fdc1 (Mi930-931 fdc1)(Orbit Covers) cachet on FDC, also detail1967Earth image4 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
United States1332b fdc2 (Mi930-931 fdc2)(Orbit Covers) cachet (one part same, one part different) on FDC, also detail
United States1332b card (Mi930-931 card)Image on card (1332b)1990Earth image4 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
Earth image5 from Gemini-4 (1965-06-03)
Ascension Island149 (Mi149)1971Earth image5 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
Ascension Island191 (Mi191)149 overprinted in black1975Earth image5 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
Bhutan118F (Mi418)Simulated-3D plastic-overlay1970Earth image5 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
Bhutan118Gn (BL42)On one of MS4 (118D-118G) (Mi416-419), simulated-3D plastic-overlay
GabonUnknown c (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2018Earth image5 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
Earth image6 from Gemini-4 (1965-06-03)
United States
Russia
2634a fdoi
6083a fdoi
FDOI ceremony program page0 (front), also page1, page 2, and page3 (back)1992Earth image6 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
Earth image7 from Gemini-4 (1965-06-03)
AjmanMi596One of MS16 (Mi593-608)1970Earth image7 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background) when rotated -85 deg
AjmanMi596_ds/BL201On stamp of SS1 (Mi596)
Earth image9 from Gemini-4 (1965-06-03)
SharjahMi686A
Mi686B
One of MS5 (Mi686A-690A + label)
One of imperforate MS5 (Mi686B-690B + label)
1970Earth image9 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
SharjahMi691A
Mi691B
One of MS5 (Mi691A-691A + label)
One of imperforate MS5 (Mi691B-695B + label)
1970Earth image9 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
Earth image10 from Gemini-4 (1965-06-04)
Oman and Muscat109 (Mi110)1969Earth image10 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-04 (Arabian Peninsula)
Earth image1 from Gemini-6A (1965-12-15)
ManamaMi1088A
Mi1088B

Imperforate
1972Earth image1 from Gemini-6A, 1965-12-15 (Gemini-7 capsule seen from Gemini-6A at a distance of about 10 m. They are at 257 km altitude.)
ManamaBL217A
BL217B
On stamp of SS1 (Mi1088A)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (Mi1088B)
Earth image2 from Gemini-6A (1965-12-15)
Congo (Democratic Republic)Unknown g (Mi?)One of MS9 (a-i)2002Earth image2 from Gemini-6A, 1965-12-15 (Gemini-7 capsule seen from Gemini-6A at a distance of about 10 m. They are at 257 km altitude.)
United StatesNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover1987Earth image2 from Gemini-6A, 1965-12-15 (Gemini-7 capsule seen from Gemini-6A at a distance of about 10 m. They are at 257 km altitude.)
Earth image3 from Gemini-6A (1965-12-15)
MordoviaLocal_dOne of local post MS6 (a-f)1996Earth image3 from Gemini-6A, 1965-12-15 (Gemini-7 seen from Gemini-6A at a distance of about 13 m. They are at 257 km altitude.)
Earth image4 from Gemini-6A (1965-12-15)
Bhutan118D (Mi416)Simulated-3D plastic-overlay1970Earth image4 from Gemini-6A, 1965-12-15 (Gemini-7 seen from Gemini-6A. They are at 257 km altitude.)
Bhutan118Gn (BL42)On one of MS4 (118D-118G) (Mi416-419), simulated-3D plastic-overlay
Earth image5 from Gemini-6A (1965-12-15)
SharjahMi687A
Mi687B
One of MS5 (Mi686A-690A + label)
One of imperforate MS5 (Mi686B-690B + label)
1970Gemini-6A Earth image5 (Gemini-7 capsule seen from Gemini-6A. They are at 257 km altitude.)
SharjahMi692A
Mi692B
One of MS5 (Mi691A-695A + label)
One of imperforate MS5 (Mi691B-695B + label)
1970Gemini-6A Earth image5 (Gemini-7 capsule seen from Gemini-6A. They are at 257 km altitude.)
Earth image from Gemini-9A (1966-06-03)
ManamaMiD973A
MiD973B

Imperforate
1972Earth image from Gemini-9A, 1966-06-03 when flipped horizontally (In the foreground are the Gemini-9A capsule and the Atlas Automated Target Docking Adaptor (ATDA) separated by 20 m. Failure of the docking adapter protective cover to fully separate on the ATDA prevented the docking of the two spacecraft. The ATDA was described by the Gemini-9A crew as an "angry alligator.")
Earth image1 from Gemini-10 (1966-07-19)
United States1435b fdc (Mi1046-1047 fdc)(Sarzin) cachet on FDC1971Earth image1 from Gemini-10, 1966-07-19 with the GATV (Gemini-Agena Target Vehicle) in the foreground
Earth image2 from Gemini-10 (1966-07-19)
Germany (West)None(Blue printed) cachet on card, also back1966Earth image2 from Gemini-10, 1966-07-19 with the GATV (Gemini-Agena Target Vehicle) in the foreground
Earth image1 from Gemini-11 (1966-09-13)
ManamaMi1091A
Mi1091B
One of strip of 3 (Mi1091A-1093A)
One of imperforate strip of 3 (Mi1091B-1093B)
1972Earth image1 from Gemini-11, 1966-09-13 (in the foreground, Astronaut Richard Gordon, astride the Rendezvous and Recovery section of the Gemini-11 capsule, is in the process of attaching a 30 m tether from the docked GATV (Gemini Agena Target Vehicle) to the Gemini capsule's docking bar); see also Gemini-11 launch and event cover and detail
Earth image2 from Gemini-11 (1966-09-14)
ManamaMi1068A
Mi1068B
One of strip of 3 (Mi1067A-1069A)
One of imperforate strip of 3 (Mi1067B-1069B)
1972Earth image2 from Gemini-11, 1966-09-14 (Gemini-11 tethered to the GATV (Gemini-Agena Target Vehicle))
ManamaMi1067A-1069A_strip3 fdcOne of strip of three stamps on FDC
ManamaBL206A
BL206B
On stamp of SS1 (Mi1068A)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (Mi1068B)
Earth image3 from Gemini-11 (1966-09-14)
Maldive IslandsUnknown ms (Mi?)In (left) margin of MS4 (a-d)2019Earth image3 from Gemini-11, 1966-09-14 (Gemini-11 tethered to the GATV (Gemini-Agena Target Vehicle)) above the Gulf of California
Maldive IslandsUnknown ss (BL?)In (left) margin of SS1
Sierra Leone4619 (Mi?)In (left) margin of SS12017Earth image3 from Gemini-11, 1966-09-14 (Gemini-11 tethered to the GATV (Gemini-Agena Target Vehicle)) above the Gulf of California
Earth image4 from Gemini-11 (1966-09-14)
MozambiqueUnknown ss fdc2SS1 on FDC2019Earth image4 from Gemini-11, 1966-09-14 (Gemini-11 docked with GATV-11 above Australia)
Earth image1 from Gemini-12 (1966-11-11)
United StatesNonePostcard back, also front1967Earth image1 from Gemini-12, 1966-11-11 (GATV-12 at a distance of 17 m from Gemini-12, with Earth in the background)
Earth image2 from Gemini-12 (1966-11-12)
Congo RepublicUnknown a (Mi none)One of MS2 (a-b) [known illegal issue]2019Earth image2 from Gemini-12, 1966-11-12 (the first of three EVAs (Extra-Vehicular Activities) by astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the Gemini-12 mission; the GATV (Gemini-Agena Target Vehicle) is partially visible behind him)
ManamaMi1090A
Mi1090B

Imperforate
1972Earth image2 from Gemini-12, 1966-11-12 (the first of three EVAs (Extra-Vehicular Activities) by astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the Gemini-12 mission; the GATV (Gemini-Agena Target Vehicle) is partially visible behind him)
ManamaBL218A
BL218B
On stamp of SS1 (Mi1090A)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (Mi1090B)
Sierra LeoneUnknown b (Mi?)One of MS2 (a-b)2020Earth image2 from Gemini-12, 1966-11-12 (the first of three EVAs (Extra-Vehicular Activities) by astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the Gemini-12 mission; the GATV (Gemini-Agena Target Vehicle) is partially visible behind him)
United States1332b fdc (Mi930-931 fdc)(Freemason?) cachet on FDC1967Earth image2 from Gemini-12, 1966-11-12 (the first of three EVAs (Extra-Vehicular Activities) by astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the Gemini-12 mission; the GATV (Gemini-Agena Target Vehicle) is partially visible behind him)


Below is a list of Gemini-mission Earth Imagery on satellite launch and event covers.

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Earth imagery
[image details in table at bottom of page]
Earth image4 from Gemini-4 (1965-06-03)
United States1966-06-03Cape Canaveral FL(Harry Gordon) cachet on Gemini-9A launch (airmail) coverEarth image4 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
United States1966-09-12Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on GATV-11 (and Gemini-11) launch cover, also detailEarth image4 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
United States1966-11-11Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on GATV-12 (and Gemini-12) launch cover, also detailEarth image4 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
Earth image5 from Gemini-4 (1965-06-03)
United States1966-09-12Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on GATV-11 (and Gemini-11) launch cover, also detailEarth image5 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
Earth image8 from Gemini-4 (1965-06-03)
United States1966-09-12Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on GATV-11 (and Gemini-11) launch cover, also detailEarth image8 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
Earth image9 from Gemini-4 (1965-06-03)
United States1966-09-12Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on GATV-11 (and Gemini-11) launch cover, also detailEarth image9 from Gemini-4, 1965-06-03 (Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background)
Earth image2 from Gemini-6A (1965-12-15)
United States1965-12-15Port Washington NY(Sarzin) cachet on Gemini-6A launch folder outside (front and back), also insideEarth image2 from Gemini-6A, 1965-12-15 (Gemini-7 capsule seen from Gemini-6A at a distance of about 10 m. They are at 257 km altitude.)
Earth image4 from Gemini-11 (1966-09-14)
United States1966-09-12Eglin AFB, FL(Manned Space Flight Network) cachet on GATV-11 (and Gemini-11) coverEarth image4 from Gemini-11, 1966-09-14 (Gemini-11 docked with GATV-11 above Australia)
Earth image3 from Gemini-12 (1966-11-13)
United States1966-11-11Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers, no logo) cachet on GATV-12 (and Gemini-12) separate launch coverEarth image3 from Gemini-12, 1965-11-13


The table below is a chronological list with details of Gemini-mission Earth Imagery found in the tables above.

Gemini mission and imageDateNASA photo numberImage details/explanation
Details of Gemini-mission Earth Imagery Referenced in the Tables Above
Gemini-4 Earth image11965-06-03S65-30432Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background
Gemini-4 Earth image21965-06-03from NASA videoAstronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk (at 7 min 30 sec in this NASA video) with Earth in the background
Gemini-4 Earth image31965-06-03from NASA videoAstronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk (just cut off at the very end of this NASA video) with Earth in the background
Gemini-4 Earth image41965-06-03S65-30431Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background
Gemini-4 Earth image51965-06-03S65-30427Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background
Gemini-4 Earth image61965-06-03S65-34635Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background
Gemini-4 Earth image71965-06-03S65-34642Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background
Gemini-4 Earth image81965-06-03S65-30430Astronaut Ed White Gemini-4 spacewalk with Earth in the background
Gemini-4 Earth image91965-06-03S65-30428This Gemini-4 image of Astronaut Ed White's spacewalk with Earth in the background was featured as the cover article of Life magazine on 18 June 1966, with the title "The Space Walk".
Gemini-4 Earth image101965-06-04S65-34661Gemini-4 view of the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula with the Gulf of Oman at the upper right. Seif dunes1 are at the lower left.
Gemini-6A Earth image11965-12-15S65-63220Gemini-7 capsule seen from Gemini-6A at a distance of about 10 m. They are at 257 km altitude.
Gemini-6A Earth image21965-12-15S65-63221Gemini-7 capsule seen from Gemini-6A at a distance of about 10 m. They are at 257 km altitude.
Gemini-6A Earth image31965-12-15S65-63188Gemini-7 capsule seen from Gemini-6A at a distance of about 13 m
Gemini-6A Earth image41965-12-15S65-63178Gemini-7 capsule seen from Gemini-6A
Gemini-6A Earth image51965-12-15S65-63219(Gemini-7 capsule seen from Gemini-6A. They are at 257 km altitude.)
Gemini-9A Earth image1966-06-03S66-37923The ATDA (Atlas Automated Target Docking Adapter) about 20 m from the Gemini-9A capsule. Its fairing (protective cover) opened partially but failed to separate, so the planned docking could not take place. Those open "jaws" brought a reptilian analogy to astronaut Thomas Stafford's mind: he said that the ATDA "looks like an angry alligator".
Gemini-10 Earth image11966-07-19S66-46120This Gemini-10 Earth image from 1966-07-19 was featured as the cover article of Life magazine on 5 August 1966, with the title "Highest photos of Earth taken by Man"; the GATV-10 was about 14 m from the Gemini-10 capsule
Gemini-10 Earth image21966-07-19S66-46122Gemini-10 Earth image; the GATV-10 was about 14 m from the Gemini-10 capsule
Gemini-11 Earth image11966-09-13S66-54455Astronaut Richard Gordon Gemini-11 spacewalk with Earth in the background
Gemini-11 Earth image21966-09-14S66-54584Gemini-11 tethered to GATV-11 with Earth in the background
Gemini-11 Earth image31966-09-14S66-54810Gemini-11 tethered to GATV-11 above the southern Gulf of California and Baja Peninsula, with the city of La Paz at the base of the Bay of La Paz at the bottom of the photo
Gemini-11 Earth image41966-09-14S66-54706Gemini-11 docked with GATV-11 in a high orbit (1370 km altitude) above Australia. The photo shows a mixture of cloud types over western Australia and part of the Indian Ocean. The view is toward the northwest.
Gemini-12 Earth image11966-11-11S66-62757GATV-12 at a distance of 17 m from Gemini-12, with Earth in the background
Gemini-12 Earth image21966-11-12S66-63536Astronaut Edwin Aldrin in the open hatch of Gemini-12, with GATV-12 behind him and Earth in the background. The bright area at the upper left is sun glint off the ocean.
Gemini-12 Earth image31966-11-13S66-63101GATV-12 tethered to Gemini-12 over the Pacific Ocean.

1Seif dunes are long, narrow sand dunes or chains of dunes, linear or slightly sinuous, generally oriented in a direction parallel to the prevailing wind. They have sharp crests and so are named for the Arabic word for "sword". They are often large enough (e.g. lengths of 150 km or more) that they are easily visible in satellite images.


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