Lot 5103: Excellent color semi–glossy 9.25 x 7 photo of the Apollo–Soyuz crew, affixed to a 14 x 11 mount, signed and inscribed on the image in black felt tip by Valeri Kubasov, Alexei Leonov, Vance Brand, Tom Stafford, and Deke Slayton, who adds on the mount below the photo, "To the 'Pad Fuehrer' from all the Apollo–Soyuz crew—your only one–shot program." Reverse bears an ownership stamp from Guenter Wendt, who also signs his name. In fine condition, with slight toning to mount around edges of the photo, and some minor wear to mount edges. Launch pad leader for the multi-mission Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, German-born Wendt also oversaw the pad crew for the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project, a "one–shot" program that entailed the docking of American and then–Soviet spacecrafts. The flight is also remembered as being the lone venture into space for original Mercury Seven astronaut Slayton, who had been grounded since 1959 for medical reasons. A truly exceptional image depicting an alliance between the world's foremost authorities in space exploration—presented directly to their trusted pad leader.
RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455
Thursday, 25th June 2015
Estimate: $800 - 1200
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