MERCURY 7 ASTRONAUTS A Salute to Project Mercury by America's Original Space Pioneers Comprises: (1) Photograph signed: "Scott

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MERCURY 7 ASTRONAUTS A Salute to Project Mercury by America's Original Space Pioneers Comprises: (1) Photograph signed: "Scott Carpenter", "Gordon Cooper", "John Glenn", "Wally Schirra", "Alan Shepard" and "Deke Slayton". B/w, 10x8. Official NASA photo. Fine condition. (2) Commemorative Envelope signed: "Virgil I. Grissom", 6½x3½, honoring Project Mercury, 7-cent U.S. Air Mail stamp affixed, postmarked Port Canaveral, FLA., July 21, 1961. He has also penned: "7:20 EST". Fine condition. GUS GRISSOM signed and revised the facts of his July 21, 1961 "Man Shoot No. 2" on this commemorative cover; during this mission, he manned the Mercury-Redstone 4 Liberty Bell 7 and became the second American in space. The event occurred only two months after the Project Mercury team successfully launched a man into space and safely returned him to Earth. ALAN SHEPARD became the first American hurled into space during his flight aboard Mercury's first manned capsule, the Mercury-Redstone 3 Freedom 7, on May 5, 1961. Shepard and the other six original astronauts are shown in front of an Air Force F 106-B at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida; they were chosen in April of 1959 by NASA as the first American astronauts. On February 20, 1962, JOHN GLENN became the first American in orbit; he made three revolutions around the Earth while aboard the Mercury-Atlas 6 Friendship 7. SCOTT CARPENTER repeated Glenn's amazing feat when he completed three orbits aboard the Mercury-Atlas 7 Aurora 7 on May 24, 1962. The number of orbits previously made doubled after WALLY SCHIRRA completed six revolutions aboard the Mercury-Atlas 8 Sigma 7; the October 3, 1962 flight lasted 9 hours and 13 minutes from launch to splashdown. On May 15-16, 1963, GORDON COOPER orbited the Earth 22 times while manning the Mercury-Atlas 9 Faith 7.  Cooper was the first American to spend more than one day in orbit; his flight took 34 hours and 19 minutes. DEKE SLAYTON, grounded during the Mercury program because of an irregular heartbeat, was a member of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (July 15-24, 1975). During this flight, two spacecraft - one from the United States and one from the Soviet Union - docked in space. Grissom lost his life when Apollo 1 experienced a fire on the launch pad during simulation on January 27, 1967. Frame chipped along back edge.  Framed in Gallery of History style: 32½x20½. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.   

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