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Robert Pearlman

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Swann Galleries' April 13, 2023 Americana auction includes two space lots:
  • Lot 152 - Collection of early NASA photographs from the Mercury program. 112 photographs, each 8x10 inches, most with NASA catalog numbers in the margins and printed NASA captions on verso; most slightly curled with minor wear, some with light surface staining, a few with binder notches along one edge. Cape Canaveral, FL and elsewhere, most or all 1959-1962.

    The bulk of this collection consists of official NASA black and white photographs. They include a pre-launch image of "Big Joe," which became the first successful unmanned launch in the Mercury program in 1959; the well-known 1960 group portrait of the original Mercury Seven astronauts; and Alan Shepard being raised from the water after the first American manned space flight in 1961. John Glenn is featured in many images, including several taken before his 1962 Friendship 7 flight (the first American manned orbit); a tour for President Kennedy of the Mercury Control Center; and a few of the Glenn family. A group of 9 color photographs are all uncaptioned, with no backmarks. One shows Mercury astronauts Glenn, Grissom and Shepard in their spacesuits circa 1961 (illustrated).

    With 12 color photomechanical prints, some from Apollo 10, 11, and 14 (1969-1971), and the others uncaptioned.

  • Lot 153 - Flag carried to the moon aboard Apollo 17, with certificate. Flag, 4x5.5 inches, mounted to printed certificate, 11x14 inches, signed by Johnson Space Center director Christopher C. Kraft, with embossed NASA seal; light toning. [Houston, TX]: [NASA], 1972 and presented 1981.

    This certificate was presented in February 1981 to Edward L. Michel (1926-2007), who spent 30 years with NASA as a physiologist, "in recognition of your outstanding contribution to the manned space flight programs." The flag had flown aboard Apollo 17 in December 1972, commanded by Eugene Cernan, which remains the last manned flight to the moon.

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