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Carpenter, Scott; Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton
Mercury Seven and Mission Control Signed NASA Mercury Spacecraft Print.
1959. Rare Nasa Mercury Spacecraft technical engraved print listing each of the Mercury Seven and Mission Control Operations and Flight Directors with their corresponding signatures. Signed by Walter C. Willams, Christopher C. Kraft, Malcom S. (Scott) Carpenter, Leroy G. Cooper, John H. Glenn, Virgil I. Grissom, Walter M. Schirra, Alan B. Shepard, and Donald K. Slayton. In fine condition. Framed. The entire piece measures 23.5 inches by 13.75 inches. Unique and desirable. "The first seven American astronauts were an admirable group of individuals chosen to sit at the apex of a pyramid of human effort. They chose to lead by following the opportunity that chance, circumstance, technology and history had prepared for them" (Swenson, Grimwood & Alexander). NASA introduced the seven astronauts in Washington on April 9, 1959. Although the agency viewed Project Mercury's purpose as an experiment to determine whether humans could survive space travel, the seven men immediately became national heroes and were compared by TIME magazine to "Columbus, Magellan, Daniel Boone, and the Wright brothers" (TIME 1959). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB [Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A.]

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