Mercury Sigma 7 Flown Heatshield Artifact - Launch Image
A genuine segment of Sigma 7 flown heatshield from the Mercury-Atlas 7 spacecraft and comes attached to a mission photograph of the spacecraft lifting off from the launchpad.
This artifact presentation contains a genuine piece of Mercury Sigma 7 space flown heatshield and is attached to a mission photograph of the Mercury-Atlas 8 launch.
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.
- Segment of genuine Sigma 7 capsule heatshield
- Attached to an 8" x 8" Sigma 7 mission photograph of the rocket lifting off from the launchpad
- 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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