MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 52418
DONALD K. SLAYTON Official color NASA publicity photograph of Donald K. Slayton in his uniform. Photograph inscribed and signed: "Best wishes to/Jose -/D K Slayton". Color, 8x10. Name imprinted at lower margin. Donald K.
Sale Price $374.00
DONALD K. SLAYTON
Official color NASA publicity photograph of Donald K. Slayton in his uniform.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "Best wishes to/Jose -/D K Slayton". Color, 8x10. Name imprinted at lower margin. Donald K. "Deke" Slayton (1924-1993), one of the seven original Project Mercury astronauts, was grounded during that period due to an irregular heartbeat and did not make a space flight until the mid-1970s. While he was grounded, Slayton served as Coordinator of Astronaut Activities (1962-1963) before resigning from the U.S. Air Force (he was a veteran WWII bomber pilot) to become Director of Flight Crew Operations (in these positions, Slayton was involved in choosing the crews for nearly all the Gemini and Apollo missions). Following a comprehensive review of his medical status, Slayton was certified eligible for manned space flights in March 1972, and the 51-year-old made his first and only trip into space as the Apollo docking module pilot of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) mission (which also included American crew members Thomas Stafford and Vance Brand) in the first joint U.S.-U.S.S.R. joint space venture (July 15-24, 1975). After his 217 hour and 28 minute journey into space, Slayton became Manager for Approach and Landing Test Project (1975-1977) before serving as Manager for Orbital Flight Test until his retirement from NASA in 1982. In his later positions, Slayton directed a number of operations for NASA's space shuttle program. Lightly creased at blank corners and margins and upper and lower right background. Lightly soiled at blank margins, touching imprinted name. Overall, fine condition.
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