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    NASA Astronaut Group 9 (1980): Color Print Signed by all Nineteen Members of the Class (Plus Two) Directly from the Personal Collection of Member Jerry Ross, with Signed Certificate of Authenticity, in Framed Display. The print is 19.5" x 23.5" and is nicely framed to an overall 20" x 24". This selection was announced on May 29, 1980, and completed their training by 1981. They were divided into three groups as seen below. The print is neatly signed above the class insignia by all, as follows.

    Pilots: John Blaha, Charles Bolden, Roy Bridges, Guy Gardner, Ronald Grabe, Bryan O'Connor, Richard N. Richards, Michael J. Smith
    Mission Specialists: James Bagian, Franklin Chang-Diaz, Mary Cleave, Bonnie Dunbar, William Fisher, David Hilmers, David Leestma, John Lounge, Jerry Ross, Sherwood Spring, Robert Springer
    International Mission Specialists: Claude Nicollier, Wubbo Ockels

    Of this group, Franklin Chang-Diaz would become the first Hispanic-American in space, Michael Smith would perish in the Challenger Disaster, while John Blaha would fly aboard the Mir space station. Both Jerry Ross and Chang-Diaz currently jointly hold the record of number of manned spaceflights flown at seven. Charles Bolden was chosen in 2009 to become the second NASA astronaut and the first African-American to the post of NASA Administrator on a full-time basis. A great piece for display. A signed COA is included with the lot. Very fine.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2019
    9th-11th Thursday-Saturday
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