LT. COLONEL ELLISON S. "EL" ONIZUKA - AUTOGRAPH 04/11/1983 - HFSID 255801
Sale Price $360.00
ELLISON S. ONIZUKA
Striking matted display of the Japanese-American engineer and astronaut killed when the Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff in 1986.
Signature: "Ellison Onizuka/4-11-83", 3¼x¼. Light stains at blank areas. Fine condition. Accompanied by photocopied newspaper page, unsigned, 9¼x13¾. Photocopy of the front page of the Wednesday, January 29, 1986 issue of "The New York Times". Headline: "The Shuttle Explodes". The seven astronauts who lost their lives in the tragedy are depicted at lower portion. Minor surface striations. Images slightly grainy. Fine condition. With Special Cover, unsigned, 6¼x3½. Special Cover honoring Ellison S. Onizuka, 22-cent flag stamp affixed, postmarked Houston, Texas, January 28, 1986. Cachet is imprinted with a photograph, b/w, 1x1¼, of Onizuka, whose career bio is imprinted at left. Imprinted logo of the Challenger and an illustration of the space shuttle at lower margin. Fine condition. On January 28, 1986, Hawaiian-born astronaut Ellison Shoji Onizuka (1946-1986) was one of the seven crew members killed when the space shuttle Challenger (STS-51-L) exploded 73 seconds after liftoff. Onizuka, selected as a NASA astronaut in January 1978, had previously flown on the Discovery (STS-51-C) during its first dedicated Department of Defense mission (January 24-27, 1985). Three items. Matted, not in the Gallery of History style, to 13¼x25¼. Mat is slightly creased at corners. Fine condition.
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