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    Mercury Seven Astronauts: Early NASA Group Photo Signed by All, Originally from the Collection of McDonnell's Robert McLean. A 10" 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 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", "Walter M. Schirra Jr", "John H. Glenn, Jr.", "Virgil I. Grissom", "M. Scott Carpenter", "Donald K. Slayton", and "Leroy G. Cooper, Jr". The back is stamped "Official Photograph/ RCA MTP Photographic Laboratory/...Patrick Air Force Base, Florida" with a handwritten "R. J. McLean" at top. An exceedingly desirable item and a cornerstone for any serious collection of astronaut autographs. This is one of the nicest of these we have had the privilege to offer: the photo is dark and clear with no "silvering" as usually seen; the signatures are excellent save for just a bit of fading on the Grissom. Excellent.

    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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    May, 2018
    11th Friday
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