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Auction Description for Christie's:
Viewing Notes:
13th - 17th September 10am - 5pm.
Sale Notes:
None

by Christie's


312 lots

September 18, 1999

219 East 67th Street

New York, NY, 10021 USA

Phone: 00 1 212 606 0430

Fax: 00 1 212 452 2063

Email: info@christies.com

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Lot 1: [ Space Exploration ] Bulova Accutron wristwatch. Astronaut model with original box. During training for the Gemini mission in 1965, Virgil I. "Gus Grissom borrowed a Bulova Accutron wristwatch from back-up Gemini commander Wally Schirra. Grissom

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Description: [ Space Exploration ] Bulova Accutron wristwatch. Astronaut model with original box. During training for the Gemini mission in 1965, Virgil I. "Gus Grissom borrowed a Bulova Accutron wristwatch from back-up Gemini commander Wally Schirra. Grissom purchased this replacement watch after the Gemini 3 flight but never found the time to give it to Schirra. In January 1967, Grissom was killed in the tragic Apollo 1 fire. Schirra received this replacement watch from Grissom's widow shortly after the tragedy. With: Typed letter signed by Schirra. 2 Estimate:

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Lot 2: [ Space Exploration ] Slayton's Omega Speedmaster. An 18 kt. gold commemorative wristwatch with: 'Astronaut Donald K. Slayton, to mark man's conquest of space with time, through time, on time" engraved on the back casing. The watch was one of 50

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Description: [ Space Exploration ] Slayton's Omega Speedmaster. An 18 kt. gold commemorative wristwatch with: 'Astronaut Donald K. Slayton, to mark man's conquest of space with time, through time, on time" engraved on the back casing. The watch was one of 50 presented to the Astronauts in 1969 by the Omega Watch Company and contains an 18kt. gross weight of 105.3 dwt. With: Typed letter signed from Mrs. Slayton. 2 Estimate

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Lot 3: [ Space Exploration ] Schirra Notebook. A red spiral bound notebook, 3 x 5in. with over 30 pages of hand-written notes. On 3 April 1959, Wally Schirra had an operation to remove a benign polyp from his vocal cords with medical orders not to talk

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Description: [ Space Exploration ] Schirra Notebook. A red spiral bound notebook, 3 x 5in. with over 30 pages of hand-written notes. On 3 April 1959, Wally Schirra had an operation to remove a benign polyp from his vocal cords with medical orders not to talk until April 7 The first page begins with: " Can't talk, vocal cord operation, Stand-by - I can write" Other pages include details on the operation: ,,...the day NASA called me about my throat - Dr. Taylor was at Annapolis and an Admiral called him and said operate on Schirra tonight! he said they must be in a hurry to shoot you to the moon!" Offers a rare insight to the life of an astronaut just days before the public announcement of the selection of the seven Mercury astronauts on April 9, 1959 Inscribed and Signed By Schirra on front cover with: "My non speaking days!" With: Typed letter signed by Schirra. 2 Estimate:

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Lot 4: [ Space Exploration ] "Little Joe" Program. Transport Vehicle and Launcher (NASA Hyride Project) Engineering Proposal. North American Aviation ( NAA), 19 November 1958 Diagrams of the rocket body, engines, and transport mechanisms. Hyride was later

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Description: [ Space Exploration ] "Little Joe" Program. Transport Vehicle and Launcher (NASA Hyride Project) Engineering Proposal. North American Aviation ( NAA), 19 November 1958 Diagrams of the rocket body, engines, and transport mechanisms. Hyride was later renamed "Little joe" - Specifications for Transport Vehicle Utilizing Solid-Fuel Motors for Manned Satellite Program. NASA Langley Research Center, 21 October 1958 Period photocopy, with extensive hand-written notes and 20 others including 10 NASA black and white photographs of tests, launches, art work logo, and documents related to production milestones and bulk head diagrams. 22 Estimate:

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Lot 5: [ Space Exploration ] Mercury-Atlas 5 MA-5 spacecraft hatch shingle. Approx. 11in. wide at the top, 16in. wide at the bottom, and 26in. tall with the letters of "U N" and "S T" painted on the outer side. The shingle is made of Rene 41, a nickel-base

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Description: [ Space Exploration ] Mercury-Atlas 5 MA-5 spacecraft hatch shingle. Approx. 11in. wide at the top, 16in. wide at the bottom, and 26in. tall with the letters of "U N" and "S T" painted on the outer side. The shingle is made of Rene 41, a nickel-base steel alloy, and served as the outer thermal protection layer of the spacecraft. It was one of two shingles that covered the spacecraft hatch. Ma-5 was launched on 29 November 1961 and was the first American spacecraft to orbit the Earth with a living passenger, a chimpanzee named Enos. The successful 3 hour and 21 minute flight served as the final test before John Glenn's historic orbital flight less than 3 months later. Sections of the shingle were removed for post-flight analysis. The "U N" is the beginning of "United" and the "S T" is the beginning of "States" which was painted on two Places on outer hull. The MA-5 spacecraft currently resides at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science on loan from the Smithsonian. With: Photos of the MA-5 flight showing the hatch shingle and of the spacecraft at the North Carolina Museum 4 Estimate:

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