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    "Mercury Seven" NASA Astronaut Group One Photo Signed by All. A 10.375" x 8" B&W matte finish photo picturing the first seven astronauts chosen by NASA for their Man in Space project. This photo, showing the astronauts inspecting a Mercury Atlas model, was one of a series of photos taken April 30, 1959, at Langley Research Center. All seven of these brave men, who laid the groundwork for America's space program, have signed with the earliest forms of their signatures: "Alan B Shepard Jr" (1923-1998), "Walter M. Schirra Jr" (1923-2007), "John H. Glenn, Jr.", "Virgil I. Grissom" (1926-1967), "M. Scott Carpenter", "Donald K. Slayton" (1924-1993), and "Leroy G. Cooper, Jr" (1927-2004). The inscription at the top is in an unknown hand: "To Mike Tuccori with best/ wishes from the/ Mercury Astronauts ----". An exceedingly desirable item and a cornerstone for any serious collection of astronaut autographs. Excellent condition with just a few small areas of light "silvering" observable only at certain angles. Please note: there are differing opinions as to the authenticity of the Grissom signature among space autograph experts. There is some belief that it is possibly a secretarial example.

    The Mercury Seven astronauts were introduced to the American public in April 1959. The process of choosing the first astronauts was elaborate and rigorous. The seven criteria for selection included the following: less than 40 years old; less than 5 foot 11 inches tall: excellent physical condition; bachelor's degree in engineering or equivalent; test-pilot school graduate; minimum of 1500 hours flying time; and qualified jet pilot. Once selected, the astronauts began their training program at Langley. This training included a "little of everything" ranging from a graduate-level course in introductory space science to simulator training and scuba-diving. Training continued until the Langley Space Task Group was transferred to Houston, Texas.


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