Large archive from Gordon Cooper’s personal files consisting of notes, reports, and documents related to the Mercury-Atlas 9 mission, including many folders with tabs labeled in Cooper’s hand. Among the most interesting items are: four pages of handwritten notes by Cooper related to the Reaction Control System, plus a briefing booklet on the subject annotated by Cooper; a meeting agenda page annotated by Cooper; a booklet entitled “Off-the-Pad-Abort, Study to Determine the Time Available for Deploying Reserve Parachute,” signed on the front by Wally Schirra, “Schirra,” and annotated by Schirra inside; Cooper’s personal copy of the preflight space suit inspection checklist; a handwritten document by Guenter Wendt concerning the electrical capacity of the spacecraft; a folder of memos concerning the MA-9 recovery; training itineraries; many other internal memos; numerous technical charts and documents; two issues of the Congressional Record from May 1963; and a 'Welcome Home' button honoring Cooper. In overall very good to fine condition. A unique compilation of the MA-9 pilot's personal files detailing his journey as one of America's pioneering astronauts.
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