Lot #497
Chris Kraft

On missions that 'would have been'—"The Apollo missions beyond Apollo 17 were never scheduled"
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Estimate: $400+

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On missions that 'would have been'—"The Apollo missions beyond Apollo 17 were never scheduled"

ALS, one page both sides, 8.5 x 11, NASA letterhead, July 9, 1997. Letter offering behind-the-scenes details from his career with NASA, in part: "1. The Apollo missions beyond Apollo 17 were never scheduled. Hardware could have been built to use the Saturn 5's available but NASA decided in about 1970 to fly only 15-16-17. Therefore, no crews were ever selected. Back-up crews trained for these flights and if they hadn't flown before would have been selected to fly any missions beyond 17. NASA public affairs gave you the correct answer. 2. MA-10 was conceived at one time but Mr. Webb, the NASA administrator wanted to get on with Gemini and hence Apollo ASAP so he concealed any further Mercury missions. No astronaut was chosen but Shepard, Grissom or Slayton were available. The NASA history series is an excellent source of information. I suggest you look them up in an appropriate library." In fine condition.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #589 - Ended August 12, 2020





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