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Space History Featuring the First Lunar Sample / MERCURY-REDSTONE 3 RECOVERY COVER SIGNED BY ALAN B. SHEPARD. U.S.S. Lake Champlain cover, 91 x 164 mm, with May 5, 1961 cancel stamp over 4-cent stamp,

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MERCURY-REDSTONE 3 RECOVERY COVER
SIGNED BY ALAN B. SHEPARD.
U.S.S. Lake Champlain cover, 91 x 164 mm, with May 5, 1961 cancel stamp over 4-cent stamp,
13 April 2022, 13:00 EDT
New York

US$3,000 - US$5,000

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MERCURY-REDSTONE 3 RECOVERY COVER

SIGNED BY ALAN B. SHEPARD.
U.S.S. Lake Champlain cover, 91 x 164 mm, with May 5, 1961 cancel stamp over 4-cent stamp, with further "First Man on Moon" stamp cancelled on February 5, 1971.

RARE RECOVERY COVER FROM THE FLIGHT OF THE FIRST U.S. MAN IN SPACE, SIGNED: "Alan B. Shepard, Jr.," as well as by NASA Administrator James E. Webb (1906-1992) and NASA Deputy Administrator Hugh L. Dryden (1898-1965). The USS Lake Champlain was charged with the recovery of Freedom 7, the first U.S. manned space flight. The present cover, which depicts the carrier in the upper right hand corner, was cancelled aboard the ship on that historic date and later with a Cape Canaveral cancel on the date of the Apollo 14 Moon landing.

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