Initiated in 1958, completed in 1963, Project Mercury was the United States' first man-in-space program. The objectives of the program, which made six manned flights from 1961 to 1963, were specific:
To orbit a manned spacecraft around Earth;
To investigate man's ability to function in space;
To Recover both man and spacecraft safely.
Project Mercury Non Mission Specific Memorabilia
3 Volume Set: "Results of....."
from the personal library of Flight Director, Neil Hutchinson
Alan Shepard : Freedom 7 Memorabilia
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The "Lucky Bag" is the Naval Academy's Yearbook and this one is their 100 year (1845 - 1945) anniversary edition, complete with future Astronaut Alan Shepard and future President Jimmy Carter. This massive yearbook is in outstanding condition, measures 14.5" x 11.5" and weighs in at an impressive 10.75 pounds!. Loads of content, lots of great reading and with a great space & political association as well. This item is for the collector who appreciates those items on the more unusual side.
Mercury-Redstone 4 (Liberty
Bell 7) Flown Component from
the Recovered Spacecraft in
Lucite Display. A handsome
display of 5.25" x 4.25" x
1.75" containing a washer
removed from the capsule
along with a photo and
explanatory text. Gus
Grissom was the pilot of
this sub-orbital mission,
spaceflight, and barely
escaped from the capsule as
it floated in the Atlantic
Ocean after a hatch exploded
prematurely. He was rescued,
but Liberty Bell 7 sank into
the ocean. Near the
thirty-eighth anniversary of
the flight, a recovery team
financed by the Discovery
Channel pulled the capsule
off the floor of the
Atlantic; it was taken to
the Kansas Cosmosphere and
Space Center in Hutchinson,
Kansas for a painstaking
restoration. This particular
washer was not reinstalled
because of the corroded
condition of the component
to which it was originally
attached. These souvenir
displays were sold to raise
money toward the restoration
and exhibition costs and
includes a printed
Certificate of Authenticity
from the Cosmosphere and its
#Mercury Mem - Liberty Bell
7 - Washer Lucite
Discovery" print with accompanying
FLOWN "Sealing Tape"
with hand signed COA from LB7 Expedition Leader, Curt Newport
Offered here is a high quality print faithfully recreating the "Moment of Discovery" of Liberty Bell 7 after being lost at sea for 38 years. This was following it's splashdown and attempted recovery by USMC pilot James Lewis (autographs found on "Support" page) Never has so much controversy surrounded a mission as did Gus Grissom's Mercury - Liberty 7 flight.
This print shows the scene with both historical and technical accuracy as the Magellan 725 Remotely Operated Vehicle first observed the sunken spacecraft during leader Curt Newport's amazing 1999 recovery expedition. Newport (see "Support" page) commissioned Boston artist Alfred Mira who produced the original of this image in oil.
Curt Newport has hand signed each print as you can see in the scan. In addition however, for a small number of prints, Newport also included a piece of "Sealing Tape" actually recovered from the sunken spacecraft during restoration. This FLOWN tape is nearly impossible to find today, except in small Lucite displays produced with much smaller fragments, cut for resale.
The small number of prints being offered here included the fully INTACT larger pieces of FLOWN "Sealing Tape", coming directly to Farthest Reaches from their source, Curt Newport in June, 2005. Each piece is substantial measuring approximately 1" x 2.5". As you can see, each print with FLOWN "Sealing Tape" comes with a letter of authenticity HAND SIGNED by Curt Newport AND a letter composed by Curt that summarizes the the history of the print, the flight and loss of the Liberty Bell and circumstances surrounding it's ultimate recovery.
Only a very few of these are available so suggest you don't delay if interested because when they're gone....they're gone!
Mem - Liberty Bell 7
Print w/FLOWN Tape
Liberty Bell 7 Desktop Model
Authentically hand signed by Curt Newport, Guenter Wendt & Jim Lewis
This beautifully 1/48th scall desktop model of the Liberty Bell 7 is custom produced for Farthest Reaches LLC by model maker Nick Proach. The image here simply doesn't do this model justice, though Nick's repuration for quality is well known throughout the industry.
As nice as it is, Farthest Reaches has not left well enough alone and has taken this scall model to an even higher level. We have had each one akuthentically hand signed on it's powder blue base by:
1. Curt Newport - Responsible for Liberty Bell 7's recovery and author of the definitive book on the subject, "Lost Spacecraft - Search For Liberty Bell 7".
2. Guenter Wendt - The Mercury Padleader and one of the LAST men to see and touch Liberty Bell prior to it's lift-off on July 21, 1961.
3. Jim Lewis - Marine Pilot of Hunt Club 1, who lost a valiant struggle to prevent Liberty Bell from sinking to the bottem of the sea on that fateful day. Jim was the LAST man to have contact with the capsule before it disappeared from site in 16,000 feet of water until being found some 38 years later.
#Mercury Mem -
Liberty Bell Signed
The Recovery of Liberty Bell 7
Authentically hand signed/inscribed by Curt Newport, Guenter Wendt & Jim Lewis
Not only were Guenter Wendt & Jim Lewis a part of this grand adventure as it unfolded in 1961 but were onboard the MV Ocean Project as LB7 was raised from the deep some 38 years later.
The signatures and inscriptions read as follows:
Curt Newport (Recovery Expedition Leader signs & adds, "Found! 5/1/99"
Guenter Wendt signs with "Padleader" & adds, "Off to space! 7/21/61"
Jim Lewis signs with "Pilot, Hunt Club 1" & adds, "Claimed by the deep"
This stunning image is uncropped (full frame) in order to preserve it's full scope. It was custom produced by Farthest Reaches by special arrangement on high quality Agfa Prestige paper.
#Mercury Mem - Triple Signed LB7
This vintage NASA Space Task Group publication has been hand signed in pencil on it's cover by Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter. In fact, this comes from his personal collection. This book is approximately 32 pages of text and photographs detailing the flight of Liberty Bell 7. In outstanding condition.
#Mercury Mem - LB7 NASA Booklet signed by Scott Carpenter
John Glenn - Friendship 7 Memorabilia
Scott Carpenter - Aurora 7 Memorabilia
Wally Schirra : Sigma 7 Memorabilia
"Would YOU like to be a Turtle? Well would you????"
(so what's a Turtle? Hmmm....click on the Turtle's Club Crest for more information)
Well you've come to the right place, if your answer is:
"You bet your sweet ass I would!"
then, if you really want to
become a "Turtle", here's how:
So what will happen next ??:
Gordon Cooper - Faith 7 Memorabilia