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Mercury MA-6 "Friendship 7" flown heatshield fragment

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Mercury MA-6 "Friendship 7" flown heatshield fragment

It took us more than 20 years to locate a suitable flown artifact from Glenn's flight since almost nothing (except flown dollar bills) is on the market. According to our research we are the only supplier in the world now that can offer you a flown artifact from the first US orbital spaceflight Mercury MA-6.

Triangle swatch of heatshield material mounted on a 7x9'' rigid foam board certified on the backside. 

Mercury-Atlas 6 (MA-6) was the first American orbital spaceflight, lifted off from Launch Complex 14 at Cape Canaveral on February 20, 1962 with astronaut John Glenn. He became the first American to orbit the Earth and the fifth person in history to be in space. He received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 1962, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978 and was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. After three orbits, the spacecraft splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after flight time of 4 hours and 55 minutes.

The source of this heatshield fragment was a heatshield plug encased into lucite as a presentation piece given to Gemini Program Office special assistant and longtime NASA employee, Paul M. Sturtevant.

This edition is limited to 99 presentations only.

Please note : Due to the nature of the source artifact each presentation differs slightly in color and shape.


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