Lot 147: 9 photos/documents: 8 signed by NASA astronauts.
December 1, 2016
Falls Church, VA, USALive Auction
Description: [Astronaut Signatures] 9 Items. Mostly near fine. ++ Color illustration signed by 3 astronauts: Fred Haise, Joe Engle, and Gordon Fullerton. (NASA information printed on verso. GPO, 1977.) 4to. Fred Haise was Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo XIII (1970), the 3rd NASA mission intended to land on the Moon, but various mechanical problems forced a return to Earth. Engle commanded the STS-2 (shuttle mission) 1981, but his first time high up was in 1963 (on the X-15, over 50 miles above the ground). Fullerton piloted the STS-2, and later went on STS 51-F in 1985. ++ Gordon Fullerton. Signed illustration. (NASA blurb on verso. GPO, 1977.) ++ Gordon Fullerton. Signed NASA halftone photograph. ++ Joe Engle. Signed NASA halftone color photograph. ++ Bruce McCandless. Signed and inscribed color halftone photograph. With best wishes To Leo/ Bruce McCandless II/ 5/5/70. First untethered spacewalk (with Robert Stewart, 1984, on the STS-41B shuttle mission). 4to. Nothing is printed on verso, but clearly a NASA photo. Recipients 5/5/1970 ink notation on verso. ++ Richard Truly. Signed photograph inscribed to the same recipient. Similar to the McCandless photo. Owners notation on verso: Richard Truly Astronaut- Enterprise 2 September 22- 1977. Also on STS-2 (1981) and STS- 8 (1988). ++ Sally K. Ride. Similar signed photograph with NASA blurb printed on verso. Sally Ride was a shuttle astronaut (STS-7 1983 and STS-41-G in 1984) and the 1st American woman in space. ++ Airmail envelope signed Ron McNair/ Space Shuttle Astronaut. Space Shuttle Event rubber stamp in left portion of envelope. Postmark: White Sands Missile Range NM Apr 12 PM 1981. McNair died in the Challenger accident in 1986. Also on the STS-41-B mission in 1984. ++ Invitation to a Chautauqua Institution event, 1987, signed by cosmonaut Ludmilla Tereshkova (the first woman in space). Printed in lower portion: This program is presented under the Presidents U.S.-Soviet Exchange Initiative (USIA). Accompanied by a postcard bearing a Soviet space module stamp.