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    "Regarding the probable hazards in space..."

    Ed White II 1964 Typed Letter Signed with Content Regarding Hazards in Space. One page, 8" x 10.5" NASA letterhead, Houston, August 7, 1964, to John A. Fischbach of Phoenix in response to a letter received. Signed at close in black ink: "Edward H. White II". It reads in full:

    "My sincere thanks to you for your recent letter and for your interest in me and in my work. I shall try to answer your questions, briefly, and in the order in which you asked them.

    "My full name is Edward Higgins White II (Higgins is a family name) and I was born at 6:00 o'clock on the morning of November 14, 1930.

    "In all technical problems which we astronauts encounter, we seek their solutions by asking the assistance of scientists and engineers. We listen to all the available information, then we accept those conclusions whenever wherever they are substantiated and we always feel free to draw our own conclusions when they cannot be substantiated.

    "Regarding the probable hazards in space, I think there are many interesting problems of which we are already aware and there are some which we have not as yet uncovered. However, I feel that there are none beyond our capabilities to effectively and successfully combat and control once we have arrived on the surface of the moon.

    "I hope these few comments are helpful to you, Mr. Fischbach, and it is a pleasure to enclose the photograph which you requested."

    A very important, informative, and poignant letter from the first American astronaut to walk in space during Gemini 4. White was scheduled to fly in the first Apollo mission but tragically perished in a training accident in January 1967. Excellent.

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