Signed by the Seven Original Mercury Astronauts
(SPACE,, Project Mercury). Satellite Beach First Day Cover, signed by all seven original Mercury astronauts
Satellite Beach, Florida, October 22, 1962
First Day postal cover printed with images of five of the men and with text naming them and noting that the name of the Amherst, Florida post office is being changed to Satellite Beach “in honor of the brave men of the U.S.A. who have already flown in space.” Very good condition.
Signed by Alan Shepard (first American in space), Gus Grissom (second American in space), John Glenn (first American in orbit), Gordon Cooper (first American in space for more than 24 hours), Scott Carpenter, Deke Slayton, and Wally Schirra. Project Mercury, which began on October 7, 1958, one year after the launch of Sputnik I, aimed to put a man in orbit, to study the effects of space flight on humans, and to return the men safely to earth. The first American in space was Alan Shepard, whose sub-orbital flight lasted fifteen minutes on May 5, 1961.
As a result of Grissom’s death in the tragic 1967 Apollo I launch pad fire, documents signed by all seven original Mercury astronauts are uncommon.