Lot 11: Mercury-Redstone Ii
Signed 8 x 10 photograph by the Project Mercury astronauts Alan Shepard (1923-1998, American Astronaut, the fifth man to walk on the Moon) and Wally Schirra (1923-2007, American Astronaut) individually, the image depicting the launch of Mercury-Redstone II (MR-2) at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 31st January 1961 with the chimpanzee Ham aboard. Signed by both Shepard and Schirra in bold black inks with their names alone to a clear area at the base of the image. A very light, extremely minor area of scuffing only very slightly affects an area in the upper right corner of the image, otherwise EX Ham the Chimp (1956-1983) became the first hominid to be launched into space as part of America's space programme. The results he gathered during the historic flight led directly to the mission made by Alan Shepard on 5th May 1961 aboard Freedom 7. ]
Estimate: £100 - 150
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