Signed by NASA's "New Nine"NASA Astronaut Group Two: Large Color Photo Signed on the Mat by All Nine. A stunning and rare assemblage of signatures around a photo of the "New Nine" or "Next Nine," the first new group of astronauts chosen by NASA after the original "Mercury Seven." The Gemini Program had been announced and this second group was chosen to face new and more technical challenges; four of the nine had advanced engineering degrees. This photo, taken by a LIFE Magazine photographer for an upcoming issue, depicts them wearing NASA training flight suits and gathered around a model of the two-man Gemini capsule; they are all are looking at the camera and smiling. Signed as follows: "Neil Armstrong", "Edward H. White II", "Elliot See" (at left), "Frank Borman", "John Young", "Thomas P. Stafford", (at right), "James Lovell", "James A. McDivitt", and "Charles Conrad Jr" (at bottom). All the signatures are in black ink and are clear and not faded. The bright 11" x 14" photo is laid down to a 16" x 20" mat which is lightly toned with a few minor spots of foxing. We rarely see matted presentations from this period that are not seriously faded. This is only the second of these Heritage has offered and is a true rarity especially when the fabulous condition is considered. A worthy addition to any collection. Excellent.
This is an amazing group of American heroes and includes the first man on the moon (three moonwalkers total), the first American to walk in space, the commander of the first mission to the moon, and the commander of the first shuttle mission. The "New Nine" signed very few items as a group due to their busy schedules and, as Eliot See died in an early-1966 training accident, none could be obtained after that. This was presented to John Peterson, Chief Publicist for NASA manned space missions.
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