DescriptionNASA Astronauts Group Two: Set of Nine Signed, July 1963-Dated, NADC ID Card Stubs. The "New Nine" was the first group of new astronauts selected by NASA after the original "Mercury Seven." Announced to the public on September 17, 1962, they were soon placed into an intensive training program, part of which included a trip to the Naval Air Development Center in Johnsville, Pennsylvania. Located there was the world's largest centrifuge, capable of spinning a man to more than 16 Gs. All nine reported there (likely with some trepidation) during the month of July 1963 and had to register with security upon arrival by signing and filling out a form to obtain their badges. A member of that security team had the foresight to save the filled out and signed stubs for his collection. Offered here are nine separate 5" x 3" pink cards (each laminated to 5.25" x 3.25"). All are in excellent condition. Each astronaut has filled in his name and address in block letters and then signed in cursive, all in blue ink, as follows (alphabetical order):
(1) "Neil A. Armstrong" signed. "Neil A. Armstrong/ NASA/ Houston Tex." filled in by hand.
(2) "Frank Borman" signed. "Borman F/ NASA/ Houston Tex" filled in by hand.
(3) "Charles Conrad Jr" signed. "Charles Conrad Jr./ NASA/ Houston, Tex" filled in by hand.
(4) "James A. Lovell" signed. "Lovell, James A/ Manned Spacecraft Center/ Houston, Tex" filled in by hand.
(5) "James A. McDivitt" signed. "McDivitt, James/ NASA/ Houston, Tex" filled in by hand.
(6) "Elliot See" signed. "Elliot See/ NASA/ Houston, Texas" filled in by hand.
(7) "Thomas P. Stafford" signed. "Stafford, Thomas P./ NASA-MSC/ Houston, Texas" filled in by hand.
(8) "Edward H. White II" signed. "White, E.H./ NASA/ MSC Houston" filled in by hand.
(9) "John W. Young" signed. "Young, John W./ NASA, Texa MSC/ Houston, Texas" filled in by hand.
A document on NASA's website (SP-4002) describes the purposes of this program: "The Gemini Phase I Centrifuge Program began at Naval Air Development Center, using the Aviation Medical Acceleration Laboratory centrifuge equipped to simulate the command pilot's position in the Gemini spacecraft. The program had two parts: an engineering evaluation of command pilot controls and displays required for the launch and reentry phases of the Gemini mission, including evaluation of prototype Gemini seat contours, pressure suit operation under acceleration, and the restraint system; and pilot familiarization with Gemini launch, reentry, and selected abort reentry acceleration profiles."
This is an amazing group of American heroes that 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. Altogether, these nine astronauts flew on a total of twenty-five space missions. Of this group, only Elliot See never flew into space; he had been chosen as command pilot for Gemini 9 but perished in a T-38 plane crash just months before launch.
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