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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-31-2013 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Elizabeth Borja blogs for the National Air and Space Museum about the disembodied (wax) head of Alan Shepard:
While processing a National Air and Space Museum Archives photo collection, I came across this image — two men holding the wax head of astronaut Alan Shepard!
...this wax model of Shepard's head was made by the National Historical Wax Museum for realistic display purposes. For years, the head and a reproduction pressure suit were on display inside the "Freedom 7 capsule. The Museum has since deaccessioned the head...

chet
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posted 10-31-2013 04:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is that what led to Shepard being named "head" of the Astronaut Office in 1963?

Michael Davis
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posted 10-31-2013 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Davis   Click Here to Email Michael Davis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could that be Robert Gilruth on the right?

chet
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posted 10-31-2013 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of the links Robert posted above identifies the gentleman on the right as Philip S. Hopkins, Director of the National Air Museum (in 1961).

Cozmosis22
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posted 11-01-2013 01:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The guy on the left is giving his best Alfred Hitchcock impression.

A bit unsettling and a morbid image only appropriate for Halloween. Someone had a strange sense of humor to stage that picture. Obviously, not an official NASA photograph.

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