Signed by the "Mercury Seven"

    The Astronauts: The Story of Project Mercury, America's Man-in-Space Program, Signed by All Seven Mercury Astronauts. Author Martin Caidin. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1960. First edition. Small octavo, 192 pages including Index, with numerous photos and illustrations throughout. HH. "Luge" Luetjen was the manager of the McDonnell Aircraft Corp. team based at Cape Canaveral during the Mercury program. McDonnell built the Mercury spacecraft and the Luetjen's team was in charge of launch preparations. As a thank you for all the important work Luetjen did while at Cape Canaveral, the Mercury astronauts presented him with this signed volume that tells the Mercury Project story. Signatures include: Malcolm Scott Carpenter, Leroy Gordon Cooper, Alan Shepard, Donald "Deke" Slayton, John Glenn, Wally Schirra, and Virgil "Gus" Grissom. Inscribed: "Best wishes to Luge from the Mercury Astronauts," and signed on the first free endpaper. Both book and dust jacket are in fine condition. Accompanied by a copy of Leutjen's own book, Before Mercury Rose, inscribed and signed by the author; in very fine condition.

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