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    Signatures of the first sixteen American astronauts.

    NASA Astronaut Group One and Group Two Large Color Photo Signed. A 13.25" x 9.75" (sight size) color photo with wide top and bottom margins, taken circa early 1963, just months after the announcement of the second group of astronauts in September 1962. Seated at the table are the original "Mercury Seven" with each of their signatures just beneath their image, as follows: "Gordon Cooper" (1927-2004), "Gus Grissom" (1926-1967), "Scott Carpenter", "Wally Schirra" (1923-2007); "J H Glenn Jr", "Alan B. Shepard, Jr" (1923-1998), and "D K Slayton" (1924-1993). 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" (1930-1967), "James A. McDivitt", "John Young", "Elliot See" (1927-1966), "Charles Conrad Jr" (1930-1999), "Frank Borman", "Neil Armstrong" (1930-2012), "Thomas P. Stafford", and "James Lovell". It is inscribed at top "To Cot" by the original owner, a NASA photographer and public relations officer, when he obtained these signatures. We note that Frank Borman has actually signed twice, once near his photo in the top margin and once in the bottom margin. Apparently, it got handed to him twice and he inadvertently signed a second time. Framed to an overall 18" x 14". Generally in very fine condition with little of the expected fading these photos usually exhibit. The signatures are all clear and bold. We note that in a few places, the photo has apparently adhered to the glass (this has been stored in the Florida humidity for nearly fifty years). We did not attempt to remove the photo from the frame. The winning bidder of this rare piece would have the option of having the photo conserved by an expert if desired. A great opportunity, only the second of these we've been fortunate enough to offer.

    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. They are heroes, everyone.

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