Created By The Mercury 7 Astronauts
"Moment of Discovery" is a print of an original oil painting by Boston artist Alfred Mira. The piece was commissioned and autographed by Curt Newport, the leader of the 1999 Liberty Bell 7 expedition, which successfully located and recovered the Mercury spacecraft flown by astronaut Gus Grissom.
This 19 x 25" print recreates the "Moment of Discovery" of Liberty Bell 7 after being lost at sea for 38 years following its splashdown. This print depicts the moment the Magellan 725 remotely operated vehicle first observed the sunken spacecraft during leader Newport's 1999 recovery expedition. Beginning as a sketch by Newport, the scene was later painted by Mira, who produced the original of this image in oil.
Newport's signature can be found on the bottom center of the print; Mira's is in the bottom right-hand corner.
This lot has been mounted and framed using archival methods.
A certificate of authenticity signed by Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Executive Director Tammy Knowles accompanies this lot.
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