Mercury Sigma 7 Flown Heatshield Artifact - Horizon Picture

A genuine segment of Sigma 7 flown heatshield from the Mercury-Atlas 7 spacecraft and comes attached to a mission photograph of Earth from the capsule window as it makes its sixth orbital pass.

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Archive Id MS7-FHA-1


This artifact presentation contains a genuine piece of Mercury Sigma 7 space flown heatshield. Built of honeycombed aluminum with many layers of glass-fiber material, the heatshield would boil away as the Mercury capsule descended through the atmosphere as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere. As the silica material (fiberglass) melted, it deposited a white residue on its surface, resembling icing.

The photograph was taken during the sixth orbit pass of the Mercury-Atlas 8 (MA-8) mission by astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr. with a hand-held camera. The presentation itself houses a real piece of space flown Heatshield from the Sigma spacecraft. The source of the material was Retired NASA Employee W.R. Whipley.

Product Information:

  • Segment of genuine Sigma 7 capsule heatshield
  • Attached to a 8" x 8" Sigma 7 mission photograph of Earth from space
  • Printed on original glossy Fuji Crystal Archive Supreme® paper (226µ, 238 gr/m²)
  • Includes certificate of authenticity with holographic logo and company stamp
  • Comes sealed in a clear protective 8" x 10" toploader

Authentication Information:

The space flown material came from the collection of NASA Production Control Engineer W.R. Whipkey. The heatshield was gifted to Whipkey in 1962 after being removed from the capsule post-flight.

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