Commemorative cover with a cachet honoring the mission of Project Mercury, signed in black felt tip, “Wernher von Braun” and in black ink, “Alan B. Shepard, Jr., 7/31/61.” Affixed to an off-white 8.5 x 11 presentation sheet bearing a printed countdown quote, “‘Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four , three, two, one. Zero…Liftoff. Okay, Jose, you’re on your way,’ May 5, 1961 A. D.” Signed on the sheet in black felt tip, “D. K. Slayton.” In fine condition. Under the direction and guidance of von Braun, the director of the Marshall Space Flight Center, Shepard piloted the Freedom 7 spacecraft and became the second person and first American to voyage into space. The inclusion of Slayton is also notable, as he served as capsule communicator on the fateful flight on May 5, 1961. An impressive union of signatures from NASA’s flagship mission. From the collection of aerospace memorabilia specialist Ken Havekotte. Pre-certified Zarelli Space Authentication.
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