FLOWN LIBERTY BELL 7 FILM.
A 1½ inch long segment of 16mm motion picture film encased in an 8½ x 3 x 2 inch lucite block. A description below the film reads: "This is an original piece of film from Liberty Bell 7's pilot observation camera which captured all the movements of astronaut Gus Grissom as he became the second American in space. Issued in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the flight July 21, 1961 July 21, 2001." Two images inside the lucite show the fully-restored Liberty Bell 7 on the right and Gus Grissom prior to his sub-orbital flight on the left.
The Liberty Bell 7 sank just after splashdown in 1961 when the explosive entry/exit hatch detonated prematurely. The spacecraft was recovered at a depth of over 16,000 feet by privately funded operation in 1999. Limited edition number 418 of 1,000, with original presentation box.