TLS, one page, 7.25 x 10.25, personal letterhead, March 10, 1982. Letter to Deke Slayton, sent on the occasion of his retirement. Nixon writes the greeting at the top, “Dear Deke.” In part: “In one pioneering role after another—as one of our original seven astronauts, as a member of the historic Apollo-Soyuz mission, and as a key participant in the space shuttle project—you have made your mark on the American space program as few others have.” At the bottom, Nixon has added a handwritten postscript, “One of my most memorable experiences was meeting with you & your six colleagues in the Vice President’s office over 20 years ago. RN.” In fine condition, with light block of toning over text and postscript from previous display, and Nixon’s signature and writing a bit faded, but still completely legible. Nixon’s involvement with the space program spanned from the Mercury project to making the historic phone call from the White House to the Apollo 11 astronauts on the surface of the moon. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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