Lot #3065
Gemini Astronauts

The astronauts of Project Gemini sign for their capsule parachute rigger

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Estimate: $7500+


The astronauts of Project Gemini sign for their capsule parachute rigger

Outstanding color 11.5 x 21.5 print of the GT-5 capsule, the McDonnell-built spacecraft used for NASA's fifth Gemini mission, signed in black felt tip by 18 legendary astronauts, which includes each astronaut who flew on a Project Gemini mission—Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, Gus Grissom, John Young, Jim McDivitt, Edward H. White II, Gordon Cooper, Charles Conrad, Frank Borman, James Lovell, Wally Schirra, Tom Stafford, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, and Richard Gordon. The print is also signed by Deke Slayton, the director of Flight Crew Operations, and Elliot See, the original command pilot for Gemini 9, who died in a NASA jet crash before his flight. Framed without glass to an overall size of 13.75 x 23.75. In fine condition, with a crease extending from top central edge to upper section of capsule. An outstanding Gemini-era print that boasts autographs from all Gemini mission pilots and a total of six moonwalkers.

Larry Richardson, a former Northrup engineer and parachute rigger, obtained these signatures while he worked in the pyrotechnic building during astronaut harness fitting. The print is accompanied by seven vintage official glossy NASA photos showing Richardson at work, 8 x 10 and 10 x 8, with three of the photos depicting Lovell and Gordon during weight and balance tests. All photos bear NASA caption text on the reverse. Also includes a vintage glossy 11 x 8.5 photo of a Richardson parachute performing a successful splashdown for the Gemini 10 capsule, with the reverse stamped "Northrup Ventura Photo."

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space
  • Dates: #607 - Ended April 22, 2021

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