Mercury 7 Atronauts: 1) Desirable color 10 x 8 NASA photo of the seven original Mercury astronauts in flight gear, posing in front of an Air Force F-102 jet at Langley on January 20, 1961. Signed vertically in black felt tip by Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton, each signing above his image. In fine condition. 2) Captain Virgil I. Grissom personal check, filled out and signed by Grissom, “Virgil I. Grissom,” payable to LAFB Officers Open Mess (stamped) for $32.50, January 10, 1961. A few creases, a couple minor edge tears, and a bank stamp over most of the signature, otherwise fine condition.
The seven astronauts of the Project Mercury had been chosen in April of 1959 by NASA as the first American astronauts. The Project Mercury team successfully launched a man into space and safely returned him to Earth. Alan Shepard became the first American hurled into space during his flight aboard Mercury's first manned capsule, the Mercury-Redstone 3 Freedom 7, on May 5, 1961. Gus Grissom manned the Mercury-Redstone 4 Liberty Bell 7 on July 21, 1961, thus becoming the second American in space. On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American in orbit; he made three revolutions around the Earth while aboard the Mercury-Atlas 6 Friendship 7. Scott Carpenter repeated Glenn's amazing feat when he completed three orbits aboard the Mercury-Atlas 7 Aurora 7 on May 24, 1962. The number of orbits previously made doubled after Wally Schirra completed six revolutions aboard the Mercury-Atlas 8 Sigma 7; the October 3, 1962 flight lasted 9 hours and 13 minutes from launch to splashdown. On May 15-16, 1963, Gordon Cooper orbited the Earth 22 times while manning the Mercury-Atlas 9 Faith 7. Cooper was the first American to spend more than one day in orbit; his flight took 34 hours and 19 minutes. Deke Slayton, grounded during the Mercury program because of an irregular heartbeat, was a member of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (July 15-24, 1975). During this flight, two spacecraft - one from the United States and one from the Soviet Union - docked in space. Grissom had lost his life when Apollo 1 experienced a fire on the launch pad during simulation on January 27, 1967.
Cloth-matted with a descriptive plaque. Framed by The Archive Gallery.
Framed Size: 80cm x 47cm