[ASTRONAUTS] COOPER, L. GORDON., Jr. Autograph inscription.
On the luncheon menu for the event given by Robert F. Wagner, Mayor of New York for Cooper, James E. Webb (the administrator of Nasa) and the Mercury team, given May 22, 1963, reading, "Best regards/to Jonathan and Jeff/Gordon Cooper." Also includes the telegrammed invitation to the Edelsteins from Richard C. Patterson, NYC Department of Public Events; Together with GLENN, JOHN. Two inscriptions on sheets of David N. Edelstein's judicial stationery by John Glenn, Jr., one "Best regards/to you-/J. H. Glenn Jr"; the second "Best regards to Jeff," similarly signed. All but the telegram (which is toned and has a small chip) in very good condition indeed.
Cooper was launched into space on May 15, 1963, aboard the Faith 7 spacecraft, for what would prove to be the longest manned flight to date: he orbited the Earth 22 times and logged more time in space than all five previous Mercury astronauts combined, as well as achieving an altitude records. The mission was not without problems; the capsule had a power failure on the 19th orbit, and Cooper had to calculate the reentry procedures manually, managing to place the capsule's landing point a mere four miles from the carrier U.S.S. Kearsage.
David Norton Edelstein, the recipient of these three autographs, was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, who received a recess appointment from President Harry S. Truman on November 1, 1951. At his death in 2000 he was the last federal judge continuing in active service to be appointed by Truman.
C Estate of Florence and Judge David Edelstein
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