In July of 1969 mankind completed one of its most legendary feats when the Apollo 11 mission successfully touched down on the lunar surface. Before this illustrious accomplishment could happen, a myriad of other missions served as stepping stones on NASA’s path to the moon, one of which was the Gemini Program from 1961 to ’66, which developed many of the technologies needed for long-distance space travel. And one of the training control units from the Gemini Program has now surfaced for sale and is headed to auction.
Sitting on a 6’ x 3’ base on caster wheels, the NASA Gemini 133P Attitude & Maneuver Control System Trainer is essentially a working replica of the cockpit of the Gemini Spacecraft and was used to get astronauts up to speed on the function and operation of each button and control switch. While it admittedly looks dated by today’s standards, this is objectively an incredibly unique and valuable piece of NASA’s history. Expected to fetch between $20,000 and $30,000, the NASA Gemini 133P Attitude & Maneuver Control System Trainer will be crossing the block at an upcoming Bonhams sale. For more information, you can check out the link below.