Mercury Seven

Mercury Seven

A group of 7 individually signed NASA portraits of each of the Mercury Seven astronauts. Color photographs. Each 10 x 8 inches. NASA, early 1960s. Corner creasing to a few of the images, otherwise fine.
$ 5,096 / 4.500 € (78533)

An attractive group of large, individual color portraits signed by each of the Mercury Seven: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan B. Shepard, and Deke Slayton. Shepard’s and Carpenter’s photographs are additionally inscribed. All are NASA publicity photographs; Schirra and Cooper are in space suites, the other five astronauts are in civilian dress. The Mercury Seven were America’s first astronauts, selected by the NASA in April 1959 (some six months after the agency was established) to pilot space craft for Project Mercury; they quickly became national icons.

All seven eventually flew in space; Shepard became the first American to enter space in 1961, and Glenn the first in orbit in 1962..

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