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    Gemini 4 Crew-Signed 1965 Presentation to Congress Photo Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Pilot Ed White II. A fabulous 13" x 10" (sight size) B&W photo of Ed White II and James McDivitt receiving a standing ovation as heroes from the members of congress soon after their historic flight where White became the first American to walk in space. Speaker of the House John McCormick is presiding and both astronauts are wearing a medal. The photo is matted and framed to an overall 17.5" x 21.5"; each astronaut has signed beneath the photo: "Edward H, White II" and "James A. McDivitt". Hand-printed in pencil below the signatures is: "Astronauts Edward White and James McDivitt/ Presentation to the House - June, 1965". The photographer has also signed on the mat "G[?] John '65". There were very possibly only two of these signed matted photos made up- one for each astronaut. A rare opportunity to own such a unique memento from this important flight. Photo and mat in excellent condition, frame has a few minor scrapes and scratches.

    This mission was the first ever to be controlled from the Mission Control Center in Houston. President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Texan who was instrumental in getting the Houston area chosen for NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center (later named after Johnson), was very proud of the crew for this flight. In remarks made shortly after the landing of Gemini 4, LBJ said: "All people have a new sense of thrill, and excitement, and anticipation about space exploration because of the flight of Gemini 4. The joy and the thrill and the exhilaration that Ed White experienced on his walk from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic ran through the veins of us all. Our attitudes about space will never entirely be the same again."

    Included with this lot is a signed certificate of authenticity from Ed White III, stating: "This autographed photo of the Gemini IV crew addressing Congress is one of two of its kind, and it is significant due to the fact that only a few Apollo Era crews were given this honor. The crew members are wearing their NASA Exceptional Service medals presented to them by President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House earlier in the day. The crew signed autographed photo hung in my father's study after its receipt, and has been part of the Edward H. White II estate since January 27, 1967."


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