Official John F. Kennedy Space Center welcome packet for visitors attending the Apollo 9 launch, plus two guest badges and a postcard written by Alan Bean's aunt, Julie Ragsdale; Alan Bean served as backup LMP for Apollo 9. The Apollo 9 "Viewing Stand Guest" badges were issued to "Mrs. Alan Bean" and "Mrs. T. W. Ragsdale," and Mrs. Ragsdale's postcard, postmarked on at KSC on the launch date of March 3, 1969, reads, in full: "Now in reviewing stand and countdown stands at 1 hr, 23 min. from lift-off. Tour of Space Center intensely interesting. Last night around 11 p.m. Astronaut Alan L. Bean brought us out to the launching pad & there brilliantly illuminated by thousands of high powered lights stood the gleaming space ship, Apollo 9—equal in height to a 36-story building—and bearing our American flag—such an impressive sight. Am so excited as the seconds fly. Actually 3 1/2 miles away from the space ship but they tell me the noise of lift-off is deafening and the ground under you trembles for many seconds. Wish all of you were here—is so exciting." The KSC visitor packet contains press releases, form letters, and booklets related to the center's grounds and the Apollo 9 flight. In overall fine condition. An interesting collection of ephemera that captures the feeling of eager anticipation that filled those who were present to witness the early flights of the Apollo program. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Amy Bean, daughter of the late Alan Bean.
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