JOHN GLENN - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL GORDON COOPER JR., CAPTAIN WALLY M. SCHIRRA, SCOTT CARPENTER, REAR ADMIRAL ALAN B. SHEPARD JR., MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON - HFSID 157424
PROJECT MERCURY ASTRONAUTS Project Mercury Astronauts sign a first day cover honoring Project Mercury. First Day Cover signed: "Scott Carpenter", "Gordon Cooper", "John Glenn," "Wally Schirra", "Alan Shepard" and "D.K. Slayton
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PROJECT MERCURY ASTRONAUTS
Project Mercury Astronauts sign a first day cover honoring Project Mercury.
First Day Cover signed: "Scott Carpenter", "Gordon Cooper", "John Glenn," "Wally Schirra", "Alan Shepard" and "D.K. Slayton". FDC honoring Project Mercury, 4-cent Project Mercury stamp affixed, postmarked the day of Glenn's Mercury flight, Cape Canaveral, FL, February 20, 1962, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Four other Mercury stamps affixed are each postmarked exactly 28 years later at the Astro Station in Titusville, Florida. The "John Glenn" signature was signed on the selvage (unprinted paper around panes of stamps). Only two of the signatures (Carpenter and a facsimile "John H Glenn Jr. signature) are directly on the envelope. The others have signed on the selvage affixed to the envelope with attached stamps. Postmarks are over the stamps, which had been previously affixed. The first American in space was ALAN SHEPARD (1923-1998). He was aboard the Freedom 7 capsule atop a Mercury-Redstone 3 on May 5, 1961. Shepard later walked on the Moon (and made a golf shot there) as Commander of the Apollo 14 mission. On February 20, 1962, JOHN GLENN became the first American in orbit, making three revolutions of the Earth aboard Mercury-Atlas Friendship 7. SCOTT CARPENTER repeated Glenn's feat on May 24, 1962, making three orbits aboard the Mercury-Atlas Aurora 7. On October 3, 1962, WALLY SCHIRRA (1923-2007) completed six orbits in nine hours and 15 minutes aboard Mercury-Atlas Sigma 7. GORDON COOPER (1927-2004) shattered Schirra's record on May 15-16, 1963, orbiting the earth 22 times while manning Mercury-Atlas Faith 7. Cooper was the first American to spend more than one day in space in a flight that took 34 hours and 19 minutes. DONALD K. SLAYTON (1924-1993) grounded during the Mercury program because of an irregular heartbeat, was a member of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (July 15-24, 1975). During the flight, two spacecraft, one each from the U.S. and the Soviet Union, docked in space. The seventh Mercury astronaut, Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom (1926-1967), did not sign this envelope. Envelope slightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.
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