DescriptionMercury-Atlas 8 Sigma 7 Flown Heat Shield Fragment on Display, Signed by Mission Pilot Walter M. Schirra. A 1" cube of blackened heat shield material mounted to a wooden base of 3.625" x 3.615" x 0.375" with a brass plaque engraved: "HEAT SHIELD from 'SIGMA SEVEN'/ MERCURY-ATLAS 8 WALTER M. SCHIRRA/ OCTOBER 3, 1962". Schirra (1923-2007), one of the original "Mercury Seven" astronauts, orbited the Earth six times during this nine-hour mission, the fifth U.S. manned spaceflight. Schirra would also fly on Gemini 6A and Apollo 7; he is the only person to fly in all of America's first three space programs. Not common. Fine condition with just some light wear and scratches.
Schirra has signed this item on the engraved plaque: "Wally Schirra".
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