Created By The Mercury 7 Astronauts
This photo montage, entitled "Mercury - Atlas 7, 24th May 1962," has been signed by the late Scott Carpenter.
Central to the grouping is an image of Carpenter in his silver pressure suit. Other portions of the piece show engineers preparing Carpenter's Aurora 7 spacecraft; Carpenter inspecting the honeycomb protective material on his capsule; his historic May 24, 1962 Mercury-Atlas 7 launch; and a group portrait of the original Mercury 7 astronauts.
The caption in the lower margin of the print reads: "One of the original seven astronauts selected for Project Mercury in April 1959. Created by the newly formed NASA, Project Mercury was the United States answer to the Soviet Union's space program. This rivalry eventually became the space race — a contest between the two superpowers to land the first men on the Moon and return them safely to Earth. Scott Carpenter was the second American to orbit the Earth and the fourth American in space, following Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, and John Glenn."
The print has been matted and framed using archival methods. The final presentation measures approximately 18" x 22".
A certificate of authenticity signed by Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Executive Director Tammy Knowles accompanies this lot.
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