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    The men with the "Right Stuff"

    Mercury Seven Astronauts: Photo Signed by All. A 10" x 8" B&W photo picturing the first seven astronauts chosen by NASA for their Man in Space project, matted and framed to an overall 12.5" x 9.75". 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 on the wide lower margin with early 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". There is a light inscription at upper right: "To Betty with best/ wishes/ the Mercury astronauts". An exceedingly desirable item and a cornerstone for any serious collection of astronaut autographs and this is a very nice example. The Schirra and Grissom signatures are a bit lighter in contrast than the others but all are neat and visible; the photo is strong and exhibits great contrast. Very fine. From the personal collection of Gemini Program Office special assistant and longtime NASA employee, Paul M. Sturtevant.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2013
    1st Friday
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