Article No.: M0053
Acrylic block containing a flown fragment of the Mercury MA-6 heatshield along with an authentic piece of umbilical cord that connected the rocket to the gantry on the launch pad !
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.
Mercury Atlas - Friendship 7 was the first manned Mercury mission that reached orbit piloted by John Glenn. Launched February 20th, 1962, John Glenn became the first American in orbit and made history.
A unique combination of artifacts.
Made in Germany - the best acrylics on the market
Made out of the most advanced acrylic available on the market today - Plexid 55 - these are ultraclear with no discoloration over time. Unlike other privately made acrylics or lucites these are real blocks, not cheaply glued or screwed together. Each block is about 5''x3''x1'' in size - perfect for any office table or even flat down in a cabinet.
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.
The umbilical cord was originally presented to Robert Landis by Ray Blair, director of community relations for General Dynamics.
Only 50 such acrylics were made and each comes with a COA and documentation about the background of the artifact.