Naval Aviators in Space Print Signed By Neil Armstrong and Eight Other Astronauts
Just one decade after President Dwight Eisenhower established NASA in 1958, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, elevating the space program to elite status globally. This water color print, entitled "NAVAL AVIATION IN SPACE," commemorates Armstrong and many others who distinguished the nation in an aeronautics capacity. Painted by aviator R.L. Rasmussen, it is extremely rare and signed by no fewer than nine astronauts representing the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Shuttle programs. They are: John Glenn, first American to orbit the earth; Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11; James Lovell, Apollo 13 mission and also command module pilot of Apollo 8 ("Houston - We've had a problem"); Gene Cernan, Apollo 17 - the last man on the moon ("Too beautiful to have happened by accident!"); Pete Conrad, Commander of Gemini, Apollo and Skylab missions; Rick Hauck, commander of the first shuttle flight after the 1986 Challenger tragedy; Jack Lousma, who spent 59 1/2 days aboard Skylab 3 and twice walked in space; Wally Schirra, the only "original seven" astronaut to fly Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions; and Alan Shepard, the first American in space in 1961. Limited to 1,000 copies, this is copy number 539 and it is all the more valuable considering Armstrong has always been a notoriously tough signature. Pencil signatures average 9/10 out of 10. It is framed and measures 28" x 35".