On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered his famous speech on space exploration to a joint session of Congress and stated: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish."
In the Fall of 1962, at a speech at Rice University, President Kennedy went on to say these words: “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard." These now historic words gave direction and focus to our Nation and outlined an objective and timeline in what became the most impressive accomplishment in Mankind's history. This magnificent piece celebrates that great achievement.
Much of the story leading up to Neil Armstrong first stepping on the lunar surface is captured in the the movie First Man. The film tells the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie explores the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the Nation—from the Mercury 7, through Gemini, and eventually Apollo and the lunar landing.
This piece captures it all and features an amazing collection of space pioneers. Included are the authentic autographs of all the original Mercury Seven astronauts, to include: Alan Shepard, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper and Deke Slayton.
Michael Collins, the Command Module Pilot of the Apollo 11 moon mission, personally collected most of the Gemini astronauts' signatures, as well as those of his Apollo 11 flight mates, Neil Armstrong, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. He collected the autographs on a commemorative first-day postal cover for a friend who was a Houston Astros baseball player. The cover includes the autographs of Gordon Cooper, James McDivitt, John Young, Richard “Dick” Gordon, Frank Borman, Eugene Cernan, Dave Scott, Tom Stafford, James Lovell and Wally Schirra.
Presented with a signed Alan Shepard photograph of the Mercury Seven astronauts during survival training, as well as photographs depicting the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo 11 astronauts. Finally, Michael Collins's handwritten and signed letter is included in the presentation, framed alongside the NASA Vector, Mercury and Gemini program patches, as well as the Apollo 11 mission patch.
Framed dimensions: 35" H x 45.4" x 2" D.