TLS signed “M. Scott Carpenter,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, February 2, 1962. Letter to Clara Biondi, an eighth grade student in Connecticut, responding to her several questions. In part: "I volunteered for this assignment because first of all, it's not as dangerous as it might seem and because I think it's the greatest opportunity to advance man's knowledge that is available today. You can secure your own career in space technology by emphasizing physics, math and science in your studies. Mercury and Apollo are relatively well on schedule. The only thing we can do to recapture the space race lead is work hard. Your being a girl will not affect your chances in a scientific career. If you know your business, you are as valuable as a man and in some cases, more so. Having extra thrust allows the use of better spacecraft. However, our Atlas is sufficient for our spacecraft." In fine condition. From The Bill Lende Collection.
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