|SP(A)001B||NASA Astronaut Group 2 Cover Signed by Nine||
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Issue Date: 20/02/1962
Issue Name: NASA Astronaut Group 2 Cover Signed by Nine
We have just had this stunning new space cover arrive in stock. It features a Project Mercury stamp and Cape Canaveral postmark from February 20th 1962, the launch day of the Friendship 7 Spacecraft. The cover is in fine condition and has been signed by every member of NASA Astronaut Group 2. This is truly an incredible scarce set of autographs; in particular Edward White and Elliot See, both having been killed in the 1960s.
NASA Astronaut Group 2
NASA's Astronaut Group 2, also known as The New Nine, was the second group of astronauts selected by NASA and announced on September 17th, 1962. The group was required to augment the original Mercury 7 with the announcement of the Gemini program and leading to the Apollo program. While the Original 7 had been selected to accomplish the simpler task of orbital flight, the new challenges of rendezvous and lunar landing led to the selection of candidates with advanced engineering degrees (for four of the New Nine) as well as test pilot experience. Two of this group had been candidates for the original 7, but were not selected then for medical reasons. In addition, Group 2 became the first group with civilian test pilots in the group; See flew for General Electric, while Armstrong flew the X-15 research plane for NASA.