Lot #6053
Mercury-Redstone 3 Flown Umbilical Cable Presentation

Segment of boom cable from Shepard’s Freedom 7 mission
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Estimate: $500+

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Segment of boom cable from Shepard’s Freedom 7 mission

A segment of umbilical cable from Mercury-Redstone 3, measuring .5″ long and 2″ in diameter, which connected to the Freedom 7 during launch procedures and provided all electrical power to the spacecraft up to the T-minus 30 second liftoff countdown, at which time it was ejected. Affixed to a 16 x 20 presentation board bearing three affixed images and a certificate of authenticity signed by Ken Havekotte, in part: “The electrical wiring segment came from the collection of H. H. ‘Luge’ Luetjen, an original Mercury spacecraft project engineer. He kept the cable souvenir until it had been sold in a space memorabilia auction by Superior Galleries of Beverly Hills, CA, in June 1994. The boom cable segment has been in my possession since it had been acquired from the auction company.” In fine condition. From the collection of aerospace memorabilia specialist Ken Havekotte.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space And Aviation Auction
  • Dates: April 14 - April 21