LT. COLONEL ELLISON S. "EL" ONIZUKA - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/24/1984 - HFSID 250239
Sale Price $1,360.00
OPTOMISTIC LETTER WRITTEN TWO YEARS BEFORE JAPANESE-AMERICAN ENGINEER AND ASTRONAUT ONIZUKA WAS A VICTIM IN AMERICA'S FIRST SPACE DISASTER
ELLISON ONIZUKA. Autograph Letter Signed: "Ellison Onizuka", 1p, 8x11. No place, 1984 February 24. To Venessa. In full: "Thank you for your interest in the Space Program. I've always wanted to be an astronaut since a very early age and am now convinced that I've made a good career decision. I also feel very fortunate to have been selected for this program. The astronaut job has been very challenging and certainly very worthwhile. I enjoy what I'm doing and am looking forward to flying on the shuttle. Good Luck with your project!" On January 28, 1986, the Hawaiian-born astronaut was one of the seven crew members killed when the space shuttle Challenger (STS-51-L) exploded 73 seconds after liftoff. Onizuka (1946-1986), 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). Lightly creased at upper blank portion. Fine condition.
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