The Apollo program was designed to land humans on the Moon and bring them safely back to Earth. Six of the missions (Apollos 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17) achieved this goal. Apollos 7 and 9 were Earth orbiting missions to test the Command and Lunar Modules, and did not return lunar data. Apollos 8 and 10 tested various components while orbiting the Moon, and returned photography of the lunar surface. Apollo 13 did not land on the Moon due to a malfunction, but also returned photographs. The six missions that landed on the Moon returned a wealth of scientific data and almost 400 kilograms of lunar samples. Experiments included soil mechanics, meteoroids, seismic, heat flow, lunar ranging, magnetic fields, and solar wind experiments.
NASA Group 3 Astronaut Candidates
Offered here is a complete hand signed collection of NASA's Group 3 Astronaut Candidates on vintage 4x6 black and white photos. This is unquestionably one of the hardest of complete Astronaut Groups to find and contains such names as Anders, Bassett, Chaffee, Freeman and Williams! Most signatures are in their early styles..
Included in this collection is Edwin Aldrin (adds "Best Wishes"), Bill Anders, Charles Bassett, Alan Bean, Eugene Cernan, Roger Chaffee, Michael Collins, Walter Cunningham, Donn Eisele, Theodore Freeman (who adds "Capt USAF NASA"), Richard Gordon, Russell Schweickart, David Scott and Clifton Williams.
This is beautifully framed using all museum quality materials in a most elegant presentation imaginable. Frame measures measures ___overall.
Ted Freeman's signature here are hard to see due to glare from the glass and contrast but will happily email additional images of his or anyone elses for anyone with a serious interest.
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Hand signed by ALL !!
Neil Armstrong and eight of his fellow Group 2 members hand sign the mount of an origional photo that has been replaced with a restored version of the same image. These are the second round of men selected to become astronaut by NASA in September, 1962 after passing the grueling process of extreme physical and intellectual testing.
They sign: Elliot See", "James McDivitt", James Lovell, Edward H. White II, Thomas P. Stafford, Charles Conrad Jr., Frank Borman, Neil Armstrong and John Young". An inscription by Ed White reads: To Jim, A real race driver, With Best Regards. Ed White was referring to well known astronaut friend and race car driver, Jim Rathman.
Mat measures 11.75" x 10.75". Framed beautifully by Kim Poor with frame dimensions of 19.5" x 22". Certificate of authenticity from Nate Sanders. VERY nice and RARE !
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Signed by the Apollo 8 Flight Crew and
This promotional litho (measures 8.5" x 10.75") was produced to promote the San Diego Air & Space Museum 40th Anniversary Celebration for the flight of Apollo 8. In attendance were many luminaries as you can imagine and a number of them hand signed this litho specifically for Gene Kranz. In addition to Flight Controllers and Astronauts Alan Bean and Walt Cunningham are the flight crew of Apollo 8 (Frank Borman, Bill Anders and James Lovell). The condition of this item is outstanding if not pristine and the signatures signed in bold silver paint pen, just jump off the image as you can see in the scan. A wonderful set of important signatures with impeccable provenance..
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Signed by 12 Astronauts & 5 others at the Sims/Hankow Autograph Show - 2007
from the personal collection of Eugene Kranz
This photo measuring 8" x 12" is of the launch of STS-117. As timing would have it, on the same weekend as that launch my last Sims & Hankow Autograph Show featuring a plethora of astronauts and related guests happened to be held at KSC. Our event photographer captured this image of launch on June 8 and by the time of our banquet that Saturday evening, prints were made available to the organizers (Nolan Sims and yours truely) as well as our celebrity participants. The prints were passed around at dinner that night and the result of this one which belonged to Eugene F. Kranz, is what you see in the scan.
It has the signatures of 11 astronauts, including 4 moonwalkers and an original Mercury Astronaut. In addition, there are the signatures of 5 others including Gene Kranz, Guenter Wendt, Dee O'Hara Sy Liebergot and Bill Dana. The photo itself has a few thumb indentations due to being passed around for mulitple signatures but nothing that really detracts from these undeniably authentic signatures. The signing astronauts include, Alan Bean, Charles Duke, Gene Cernan, Buzz Aldrin, James Lovell, Richard Gordon, Jack Lousma, Ed Gibson, Jerry Carr, Scott Carpenter, Walt Cunningham and Paul Weitz.
This striking photo and the many signatures is an autograph collection unto itself and this one comes from Gene Kranz's personal collection.
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