A DECADE OF ACHIEVEMENT, MERCURY TO APOLLOSHEPARD SIGNED POSTAL ENVELOPE.
FEATURES POSTMARKS FROM THREE SPACE FLIGHT MILESTONE EVENTS. An air mail postal envelope having a red, white, and blue outer border with a pre-printed 7-cent air mail stamp. Patrick Air Force Base (AFB) postmark dated May 5, 1961, the launch day of Alan Shepard's Freedom 7 flight.
SIGNED by ALAN SHEPARD.
Patrick AFB is located some 20 miles south of Cape Canaveral and often used by NASA/Contractor postal enthusiasts for postmarks of early space program events. This envelope has addition postmarks from Cape Canaveral on January 31, 1971 Shepard's Apollo 14 launch date and May 5, 1971 the 10th anniversary of his Freedom 7 flight. An inner ear disorder grounded Shepard almost 10 years. A high risk operation corrected the disorder and he was returned to active astronaut flight status which enabled him to command the Apollo 14 lunar landing mission.