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    Project Mercury Big Joe I Flown Relic. An incredible rarity from the earliest days of the Mercury space program. A 1.625" x 1.125" odd-shaped swatch mounted to a 5" x 5" card with a printed label: "This Piece of Material was Sent into Space on Big Joe I, September, 1959". Big Joe I was the second unmanned mission in the Little Joe series of test flights, specifically to test the capsule's ablating heat shield and it was successful at that. This was the first Mercury flight using the Atlas booster; the capsule was a boilerplate. The first flown relic from this important flight we've seen. Age toned and label is loose, overall very good. From the personal collection of Gemini Program Office special assistant and longtime NASA employee, Paul M. Sturtevant.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2013
    1st Friday
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