DescriptionMercury-Redstone 4 (Liberty Bell 7) Flown Large Component from the Recovered Spacecraft in Lucite Display. An impressive display of 7" x 5" x 2.5" containing a 2.5" x 1" x 0.75" component part removed from the capsule along with a photo and the explanatory text on the front: "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 when a hatch exploded prematurely. Grissom was rescued, but Liberty Bell 7 sank into the ocean. The text on the verso relates the history of this part: "This Liberty Bell 7 component was removed during an extensive restoration conducted on the spacecraft by the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas. The item could not be reinstalled in the spacecraft because of the corroded condition of the component to which it was originally attached..." This is quite a large and impressive part, perfect for display. Includes a printed Certificate of Authenticity from Cosmosphere and the original box (dented). Excellent.
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