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    America's first sixteen astronauts.

    NASA Astronaut Group One and Group Two Large Color Photo Signed on the Mat. A 19.5" x 9.5" color photo mounted to a 24" x 14" matboard. This photo was taken shortly after the announcement of the second group of astronauts in September 1962. Seated at a table are the original "Mercury Seven" astronauts with each of their signatures just beneath their image, as follows: "Gordon Cooper", "Gus Grissom", "Scott Carpenter", "Wally Schirra", "J H Glenn Jr", "Alan B. Shepard, Jr", and "D K Slayton". Standing behind are the "New Nine" or "Next Nine" with each of their signatures neatly placed above their image, as follows: "Edward H. White II", "James A. McDivitt", "John Young", "Elliot See", "Charles Conrad Jr", "Frank Borman", "Neil Armstrong", "Thomas P. Stafford", and "James Lovell". It is inscribed on the photo: "To Marty with highest personal regards and/ gratitude for your outstanding accomplishments/ in supporting our efforts." The photo exhibits only very slight fading, colors are strong and fairly bold. Most of the signatures are quite dark and readable. It would certainly be difficult to locate a better example of this very desirable and historical signed piece. Very fine overall.

    These sixteen American astronauts made innumerable contributions to the exploration of space. In total, they participated in thirty-eight spaceflights. This group includes: the first American in space, the first American in earth orbit, the first American to walk in space, the first man to step on the moon, and the oldest person to fly in space. Seven of them flew to the moon and four walked on its surface. Of the eleven Apollo missions, nine were commanded by members of this group. Three lost their lives in the line of duty. In total, nine are no longer with us. They are heroes, everyone.

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    April, 2013
    18th Thursday
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