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Mercury MR-4 "Liberty Bell 7" flown tape fragment

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Mercury MR-4 flown tape fragment

Mercury-Redstone 4 was the second manned US spaceflight, launched on July 21, 1961 with a Mercury-Redstone Rocket. The spacecraft was piloted by astronaut Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom. The ballistic spaceflight lasted 15 minutes 30 seconds, reached an altitude of more than 100 nautical miles, and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean. Shortly after splashdown, the hatch cover blew accidentally. Gus Grissom could leave the capsule and was recovered safely by a Navy helicopter. The spacecraft sunk to the seabed in the Atlantic Ocean. It was recovered in 1999.

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

This presentation bears a fragment of insulation tape recovered from the sunken capsule july 20th 1999 and removed during restauration process at the Kansas Cosmosphere Space Center.

The source of this heatshield is recovery leader Curt Newport.

This edition is limited to 50 presentations only.

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