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    Mercury-Redstone 4 Liberty Bell 7 Flown Large Component from the Recovered Spacecraft. An attractive display of 7" x 5" x 2" containing a 2.5" long bolt removed from the capsule along with a photo and the explanatory text: "LIBERTY BELL 7. This is an original component form the Liberty Bell 7 Mercury spacecraft, recovered from the Atlantic Ocean on Jul 20, 1999, from a depth of 16,043 feet." Gus Grissom was the pilot of this sub-orbital mission, America's second-ever spaceflight; he barely escaped from the capsule as it floated in the Atlantic Ocean after a hatch exploded prematurely. Grissom was rescued, but Liberty Bell 7 sank into the ocean. Near the thirty-eighth anniversary of the flight, a recovery team financed by the Discovery Channel pulled the capsule off the floor of the Atlantic and onto the salvage ship. It was taken to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas for a painstaking restoration. This particular screw was not reinstalled because of the corroded condition of the component to which it was originally attached. These souvenir displays were sold to raise money toward the restoration and exhibition costs and this lot includes a Certificate of Authenticity. Excellent condition.

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    April, 2009
    1st Wednesday
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