DescriptionGemini 4 Flown Cross and Crew-Signed Launch Cover Directly from the Personal Collection of Lola Morrow, Den Mother to the Early NASA Astronauts. Two items from the personal mementos collected by Ms. Morrow during her years as the secretary to the early NASA astronaut corps. (1) A sterling silver religious cross that flew on the mission; it is attached to an attractive 7.5" long sterling silver charm bracelet along with a plain sterling charm, 0.875" x 0.375", with the engraved text: "FLOWN/ GEMINI IV/ 06/03/1965". This identifying charm did not fly nor did the bracelet. (2) A launch cover with a handsome cachet, cancelled June 3, 1965, at Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is boldly signed "James A. McDivitt" and "Edward H. White II" (1930-1967). It was on this mission that Ed White became the first American to walk in space. Both in excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a handwritten, signed letter of authenticity from Ms. Morrow. It reads, in part: "Jim [McDivitt] was standing by my desk in the Astronaut Office at Kennedy Space Center when he asks if I have something small that he could put into his PPK (Personal Preference Kit) to take on the flight. I was wearing a small silver cross on a chain. We removed the cross from the chain. With a big smile, Jim returned to his office --- all of 30 feet away. When Jim & Ed returned from the flight, they came to the Astronaut Quarters & Office. Jim and Ed signed my 'First Day Cover' & Jim gave me my cross flown in space."
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