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.
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.
- 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
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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