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MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 149183

DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON Official color NASA publicity photograph of Donald "Deke" Slayton with the Apollo Soyuz Test Project Prime crew. Photograph signed: "DK Slayton". Color, 10x8 overall, image 9½x7 (one surface). Official NASA photograph.

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DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON
Official color NASA publicity photograph of Donald "Deke" Slayton with the Apollo Soyuz Test Project Prime crew.
Photograph signed: "DK Slayton". Color, 10x8 overall, image 9½x7 (one surface). Official NASA photograph. Captioned at lower margin: "Apollo Soyuz Test Project Prime Crewmen" in English and Russian. Imprinted caption on verso in English and Russian: "APOLLO SOYUZ TEST PROJECT PRIME CREWMEN/ASTP PRIME CREWS - These five men compose the two prime crews of the joint U.S.-USSR Apollo-Soyuz Test Project docking in Earth orbit mission scheduled for July 1975. They are Astronaut Thomas P. Stafford (standing on left), commander of the American crew; Cosmonaut Aleksey A. Leonov (standing on right), commander of the Soviet crew; Astronaut Donald K. Slayton (seated on left), American docking module pilot; Astronaut Vance D. Brand (seated in center), American command module pilot; and Cosmonaut Valeriy N. Kubasov (seated on right), flight engineer of the Soviet crew." At age 51, Donald K. "Deke" Slayton (1924-1993), one of the seven original Project Mercury astronauts 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. Slayton, who had been grounded due to an irregular heartbeat, had previously 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. 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. Pencil erasures at upper left margin of verso. Fine condition.

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