Gordon Cooper’s silver ‘senior pilot’ astronaut wings badge produced by Vanguard, measuring 3″ long, hallmarked on the reverse, “Vanguard, 1-V, 10K.” Includes a brief handwritten letter of provenance signed by Cooper, in full: “These wings presented in Wash DC. by Gen Curtis Lemay to Gordon Cooper—1963.” Some light tarnishing to the wings and heavy overall creasing and wrinkling to the letter, otherwise overall fine condition. A rare and important example from Cooper, who piloted the longest and final Mercury spaceflight on May 15, 1963.
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Incredible color glossy 10 x 8 ‘red-numbered’ NASA photo of the ‘meatball’ insignia, signed in felt tip and ballpoint by 26 astronauts, including 11 moonwalkers. Signers are: Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt, John Young, Charlie Duke, Dave Scott, Jim Irwin, Edgar Mitchell, Alan Shepard, Alan Bean, Charles Conrad, Michael Collins, Tom Stafford, James Lovell, Gordon Cooper, Frank Borman, Al Worden, Fred Haise, Wally Schirra, Rusty Schweickart, Walt Cunningham, Richard Gordon, Scott Carpenter, Stuart Roosa, Jim McDivitt, and Ken Mattingly, as well as the first director of the Manned Spacecraft Center, Robert R. Gilruth. In fine condition, with a crease to the lower left corner, affecting none of the signatures. An outstanding photo packed with signatures that represent nearly every program and facet of NASA’s early years. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.