Two pages of space journalist Mary E. Bubb’s handwritten notes, one page in ballpoint and one in pencil, 8.5 x 11, from the MR-3 launch on May 5, 1961. Some notes from the first page, in part: “Integration, Routine problem components…power output, heat…Trouble getting as soon as needed…Biggest single deficiency clock, McDonnell makes, electric, electronic device, mechanical clock…astronaut could pick spot land—switch…average 75 miles…push button sequence—8 sec.” Her second page of live, on-the-scene notes, in part: “Capsule to internal power T-13, T-10+40 sec., T-7 hubbub, 2 min 40 sec holding…80 sec chaos…Freedom 7.” Also includes an original wire-teletype page from the USS Lake Champlain, Shepard’s recovery ship in the Atlantic. In very good to fine condition. Accompanied by one of Bubb’s business cards from the 1990s and a biographical sheet. From the collection of aerospace memorabilia specialist Ken Havekotte.
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