THE "ORIGINAL 19": ASTRONAUTS SELECTED IN 1966 BY NASA.
Lot 343
THE "ORIGINAL 19": ASTRONAUTS SELECTED IN 1966 BY NASA.
Sold for US$ 2,074 inc. premium
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The Space Sale New York
16 Jul 2009 13:00 EDT

Auction 17402
Lot Details
THE "ORIGINAL 19": ASTRONAUTS SELECTED IN 1966 BY NASA.
Color photograph, 14 by 11 inches, of the 19 Group 5 astronauts selected by NASA in 1966.

Signed by every member except Ed Givens, who died in an automobile accident just months after his selection. The photograph is endorsed on the back: “Our official "Group 5" (Original 19) photo taken and autographed in 1967. Paul Weitz (then) LCDR, USN.”
This group of astronauts represents a microcosm of NASA history as viewed from their flight assignments. As it turned out, two would never fly, three would have to wait over 15 years to fly, four made their first flight in the Skylab Program, and less that half were to make the ultimate goal - an Apollo lunar flight, with only two having the honor of actually walking on the moon.
Signed by Jack Swigert* (Apollo 13), Bill Pogue (Skylab 3), Ron Evans* (Apollo 17), Paul Weitz (Skylab 1 and STS-6), Jim Irwin* (Apollo 15 Moonwalker), Jerry Carr (Skylab 3), Stewart A. Roosa* (Apollo 14), Al Worden (Apollo 15), Ken Mattingly (Apollo 16, STS-4, STS-51C), Jack Lousma (Skylab 2 and STS 3), Ed Mitchell (Apollo 14), Charlie Duke (Apollo 16), Don Lind (STS 51B), Fred W. Haise (Apollo 13), Joe Engle (STS 2 and 51I), Vance Brand (ASTP, STS 5 and 41B), John S. Bull* (did not fly in space), and Bruce McCandless, II (STS 41B).
* Deceased.
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