Los Angeles, CA, US
Mercury and Gemini: Terrific Ephemera, Some Flown, From Nasa’s Earliest Missions, Including Several Astronaut Autographs. Excellent collection from NASA’s earliest missions; Mercury and Gemini, 1961-1966. 1.) FLOWN parachute segment of the Mercury Atlas 5 (spacecraft No. 9) that carried Enos the space chimp aboard. Segment is 1 x 2 1/2″ and mounted on COA prepared by Ken Havekotte which came from one of MA-5’s orbital spaceflight team members. 2.) Mary Bubb, one of the first space journalists reporting on launches out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, handwritten note on Western Union Press Message about the flight with photo. 3.) Sheet of Project Mercury 4 cent postal stamps signed by John Glenn, Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton, and Gordon Cooper with a note card included also signed by John Glenn. As the stamps are dark blue, the signatures are very legible in close view but don’t “pop” given the dark inks. 4.) US Post Office window decal for Project Mercury stamps. 5.) Deke Slayton Handwritten Papers while a student pilot and engineer at the USAF Experimental Flight School, experience which led him to be selected for Project Mercury in 1959 with COA by Ken Havekotte. From Gemini 1.) FLOWN GT-5 Checklist manual page grid from the onboard spacecraft’s Reentry Flight Book mounted on COA by Ken Havekotte. 2.) Gemini Titan Launch Pad 19 segment of White Room Floor. The White Room structure was at top of the gantry that surrounded the Gemini spacecraft and it’s Titan booster at Launch Pad 19 and the means for the astronauts to enter their spacecraft. 3.) Gene Cernan handwritten master’s degree paper from 1962 at Naval Academy Post Graduate School who ultimately flew as pilot of Gemini 9A four years later and back-up pilot for Gemini 12. Comes with COA from Ken Havekotte. All eight (8) pieces are in excellent condition and present quite nicely. Estimated Value $700-UP.