The top 1/4 inch of the heat shield has turned black from the intense frictional heat of reentry into the earth's atmosphere. [With:] Typed letter signed by Thomas Stafford. See illustration on page XXXX. (2)" /> FLOWN Gemini IX heat shield segment. <I>Encased in a lucite cylinder 3 in. diameter, 2.5 in. tall, and engraved "Stafford - Cernan, Gemini IX, June 3-6, 1966" at the bottom.</I> The top 1/4 inch of the heat shield has turned black from the intense frictional heat of reentry into the earth's atmosphere. [With:] Typed letter signed by Thomas Stafford. See illustration on page XXXX. (2) | Christie's