Mercury Aurora 7 Flown Heatshield Artifact
A genuine segment of Aurora 7 flown heatshield from the Mercury-Atlas 7 spacecraft and comes attached to a mission photograph of astronaut Scott Carpenter climbing into the capsule.
This artifact presentation contains a genuine piece of Mercury Aurora 7 space flown heatshield. The photograph shows Astronaut Scott Carpenter climbing into his Aurora 7 spacecraft, before the launch of the Mercury-Atlas 7 (MA-7) Mission on May 24th, 1962.
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 the silica material (fiberglass) melted, it deposited a white residue on its surface, resembling icing.
- Segment of genuine Aurora 7 capsule heatshield
- Attached to an 10" x 8" Aurora 7 mission photograph of Scott Carpenter climbing into the capsule
- 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
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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