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    NASA Astronaut Group Five: Signed Large Color Photo Directly from the Personal Collection of Astronaut Ron Evans. A 14" x 11" color photograph picturing all nineteen selectees, in business suits, seated or standing in two rows behind a table and between U.S. and NASA flags. This group of astronauts, often called the "Original 19," were selected by NASA in April 1966 and populated future Apollo as well as Skylab and Shuttle missions about equally. Seventeen of the nineteen have signed this photo as follows (left to right, top then bottom): "Jack Swigert" (1931-1982), "Bill Pogue", "Ron Evans" (1933-1990), "Paul Weitz", "Jim Irwin" (1930-1991), "Jerry Carr", "Stuart Roosa" (1933-1994), "Al Worden", "Ken Mattingly", "Jack Lousma", "Ed Mitchell", "Charlie Duke", "Don Lind", "Fred Haise", "Joe Engle", "Vance Brand", and "Bruce McCandless II". The only signatures missing are those of John S. Bull and Edward G. Givens, Jr., neither of whom ever flew into space. All the signatures are clear and bold. The photo is in very good condition with various tears and creases, most of which could be matted out.

    This is a very distinguished group of gentlemen. Interestingly, Joe Engle was the only astronaut ever hired that had already earned his astronaut wings (as an X-15 pilot). Three of the six lunar module pilots to walk on the moon are in this group (Duke, Irwin, Mitchell) as are six others that flew to the moon (Evans, Haise, Mattingly, Roosa, Swigert, Worden). Nine of the twenty-four astronauts on Apollo moon missions are from this group.

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    October, 2009
    8th Thursday
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