Mercury Seven Astronaut Photo Signed by All in a Framed Display, Originally from the Personal Collection of Gus Grissom, with ...
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3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219
One of the engraved plaques tells the story of Project Mercury:
"America's Original Space Pioneers. The seven astronauts of the Project Mercury signed this photograph which shows them with a model of a Mercury rocket; these men had been chosen in April of 1959 by NASA as the first American astronauts. The Project Mercury team successfully launched a man into space and safely returned him to Earth. Alan Shepard became the first American hurled into space during his flight aboard Mercury's first manned capsule, the Mercury-Redstone 3 Freedom 7, on May 5, 1961. Gus Grissom manned the Mercury-Redstone 4 Liberty Bell 7 on July 21, 1961, thus becoming the second American in space. On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American in orbit; he made three revolutions around the Earth while aboard the Mercury-Atlas 6 Friendship 7. Scott Carpenter repeated Glenn's amazing feat when he completed three orbits aboard the Mercury-Atlas 7 Aurora 7 on May 24, 1962. The number of orbits previously made doubled after Wally Schirra completed six revolutions aboard the Mercury-Atlas 8 Sigma 7; the October 3, 1962 flight lasted 9 hours and 13 minutes from launch to splashdown. On May 15-16, 1963, Gordon Cooper orbited the Earth 22 times while manning the Mercury-Atlas 9 Faith 7. Cooper was the first American to spend more than one day in orbit; his flight took 34 hours and 19 minutes. Deke Slayton, grounded during the Mercury program because of an irregular heartbeat, was a member of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (July 15-24, 1975). During this flight, two spacecraft - one from the United States and one from the Soviet Union - docked in space. Grissom had lost his life when Apollo 1 experienced a fire on the launch pad during simulation on January 27, 1967."
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity on Mrs. Grissom's letterhead stating, in full: "June 23, 1995. This is to certify that Lot #3 - Virgil Grissom's Mercury Seven signed photo came from my personal collection."
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