Mercury Seven Signed FDC

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The Mercury Seven, or "The Original Seven" were the group of American astronauts announced by NASA on April 9, 1959 as the men who would be piloting the FIRST manned spaceflights. These seven original American astronauts were Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton. Members of the group flew on all classes of NASA manned orbital spacecraft of the 20th century —Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and the Space Shuttle. Their mission was to determine whether humans could survive space travel, thus their status as heroes was immediately recognized.  Deke Slayton was diagnosed with an erratic heart rhythm and grounded just before the flight and became officially the "Coordinator of Astronaut Activities" and, as a group, they wrote first hand accounts of their preparation for their mission, which was later incorporated into Tom Wolfe's book, "The Right Stuff". These are considered America's first astronauts and hold a quite privileged place in history.  Scott Carpenter, 1925-2013, Gordon Cooper Jr, 1927-2004, John Glenn, 1921 - 2016, Gus Grissom, 1926-1967, Wally Shirra Jr., 1923-2007, Alan Shepard Jr., 1923-1998, and Deke Slayton, 1924-1993.  Here is an extremely rare Mercury 7 first day issue cache signed by all 7, with a special tribute to the first man to orbit the earth. The cache was issued one day only from one post office only: Cape Canaveral, as it was still called at the time of issuance.  The original postage stamp with the Mercury orbiting the earth is affixed, and it is specifically dedicated to: “Commemorating First successful orbital flight by an American - February 20, 1962, John H. Glenn, Jr.” 

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