Astronaut Autographs and Space Artifacts
27 May 2005
Dennis has an interest in collecting astronaut autographs and space artifacts, especially
Mercury, Gemini and Apollo-era astronauts. Here are some of the astronaut autographs
and space artifacts collected over the years.
Buzz Aldrin (signed book Men From Earth).
12 and Apollo 11 (second person to walk on the Moon). Aldrin and command
pilot James Lovell were launched into space in the Gemini 12 spacecraft on a
4-day flight, which brought the Gemini program to a successful close. Aldrin
established a new record for extravehicular activity (EVA), spending 5-1/2
hours outside the spacecraft. He served as lunar module pilot for Apollo 11,
July 16-24, 1969, the first manned lunar landing mission. Aldrin followed Neil
Armstrong onto the lunar surface on July 20, 1969, completing a 2-hour and 15
minute lunar EVA.
William Anders (signed Space Shots card). Mission: Apollo 8
(first manned mission to orbit the Moon).
Armstrong (signed golf ball). Missions: Gemini
8 and Apollo 11
First person to walk on the Moon. He served as command pilot
for the Gemini 8 mission, launched March 16, 1966, and performed the first
successful docking of two vehicles in space. commander of Apollo 11, the first
manned lunar landing mission, and gained the distinction of being the first
man to land a craft on the Moon and the first man to step on its surface.
Alan Bean (signed book Apollo containing original astronaut and
space-inspired artwork and
signed Boy's Life cover). Missions:
Apollo 12 (fourth person to walk
on the Moon) and Skylab 2. Captain Bean was lunar module pilot on Apollo 12,
man’s second lunar landing. In November 1969, Captain Bean and Captain Pete
Conrad landed in the moon’s Ocean of Storms—after a flight of some 250,000
miles. They explored the lunar surface, deployed several lunar surface
experiments, and installed the first nuclear power generator station on the
moon to provide the power source. Captain Richard Gordon remained in lunar
orbit photographing landing sites for future missions.Captain Bean was
spacecraft commander of Skylab Mission II (SL-3), July 29 to September 25,
1973. With him on the 59-day, 24,400,000 mile world record setting flight were
scientist-astronaut Dr. Owen K. Garriott and Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel
Jack R. Lousma. Mission II accomplished 150% of its pre-mission forecast
goals. On his next assignment, Captain Bean was backup spacecraft commander of
the United States flight crew for the joint American-Russian Apollo-Soyuz Test
Project. Captain Bean has logged 1,671 hours and 45 minutes in space—of which
10 hours and 26 minutes were spent in EVAs on the moon and in earth orbit.
Guion Bluford (signed Space Shots card). Missions: STS-8
Challenger (first African-American to fly in space), STS61-A Challenger,
STS-39 Discovery and STS-53 Discovery. With the completion of
his fourth flight, Bluford has logged over 688 hours in space.
Frank Borman (signed book Countdown). Missions: Gemini 7 and
Apollo 8 (led the first team of American astronauts to orbit the moon,
extending man's horizons into space).
- Vance Brand (signed
Apollo-Soyuz postal cover). Missions: Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP),
STS-5 (Columbia). STS41-B (Challenger) and STS35 (Columbia).
Commander of several space shuttle missions.
Scott Carpenter (signed book We Seven
signed photo with Mercury nurse Dee O'Hara). Mercury 7
(fourth American in space; second American manned orbital flight).
- Gene Cernan (signed book The Last Man on the Moon
signed postal cover).
Missions: Gemini 9 (second American space walker),
Apollo 10 (full-scale dress rehearsal of a
lunar landing, coming to within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of the Moon's
surface in the lunar module) and Apollo 17 (eleventh person to walk on the
Moon, and the last person to walk on the Moon).
- Eileen M. Collins (signed photo). Missions (all Space Shuttle):
STS-63 (Discovery, the first woman pilot of a Space Shuttle, first flight of the new joint Russian-American Space Program and docked with Mir),
STS-84 (Atlantis, NASA's sixth Shuttle mission to rendezvous and dock with the Russian Space Station Mir)
and STS-93 (Columbia, the first woman Shuttle Commander).
- Charles "Pete" Conrad (signed Space Shots card,
signed personal check, and
signed business check).
Gemini 5, Gemini 11, Apollo 12 (third person to walk
on the Moon) and Skylab 1.
- Gordon Cooper (signed books
We Seven and
Leap of Faith and
signed phonograph album Our Journey to the Moon).
Missions: Mercury Faith 7 (last and longest of the Project Mercury missions,
and the last US single-manned missions) and Gemini 5 (first person to fly
twice in space).
Richard Covey (signed first day postal cover celebrating Pittsburgh's
contributions to the Space Shuttle). Missions: Pilot of STS 51-I Discovery,
pilot on STS-26 Discovery (the first flight to be flown after the Challenger
accident), Spacecraft commander on STS-38 Atlantis, commanded STS-61 Endeavour
during the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing and repair mission.
Walt Cunningham (signed book The All-American Boys
signed Apollo 7 crew photo).
Missions: Apollo 7 (first manned mission following the fatal Apollo 1
tragedy and test of the Command and Service Module). Occupied the lunar module
pilot seat for the eleven-day flight of Apollo 7--the first manned flight test
of the third generation United States spacecraft. With Walter M. Schirra, Jr.,
and Donn F. Eisele, Cunningham participated in and executed maneuvers enabling
the crew to perform exercises in transposition and docking and lunar orbit
rendezvous with the S-IVB stage of their Saturn IB launch vehicle; completed
eight successful test and maneuvering ignitions of the service module
propulsion engine; measured the accuracy of performance of all spacecraft
systems; and provided the first live television transmission of onboard crew
activities. The 263-hour, four-and-a-half million mile shakedown flight was
successfully concluded on October 22, 1968, with splashdown occurring in the
Atlantic--some eight miles from the carrier ESSEX (only 3/10 of a mile from
the originally predicted aiming point).
Charles Duke (signed moon photo). Mission: Apollo 16 (tenth
to walk on the Moon). Apollo 16 was the first scientific expedition to
inspect, survey, and sample materials and surface features in the Descartes
region of the rugged lunar highlands. Duke and John Young commenced their
record setting lunar surface stay of 71 hours and 14 minutes by maneuvering
the lunar module "Orion" to a landing on the rough Cayley Plains. In three
subsequent excursions onto the lunar surface, they each logged 20 hours and 15
minutes in extravehicular activities involving the emplacement and activation
of scientific equipment and experiments, the collection of nearly 213 pounds
of rock and soil samples, and the evaluation and use of Rover-2 over the
roughest and blockiest surface yet encountered on the moon. Also, exposed Ken Mattingly to measles, thus causing
Mattingly to be substituted by Jack Swigert on Apollo 13.
Bonnie Dunbar (signed first day postal cover celebrating Pittsburgh's
contributions to the Space Shuttle). Missions (all Space Shuttle): STS-61A
Challenger, STS-32 Columbia, STS-50 Columbia, STS-71
Atlantis (first to dock with the Russian Mir space station) and STS-89
Endeavour. A veteran of five space flights, Dr. Dunbar has logged more
than 1,208 hours (50 days) in space.
personal check). Missions: Apollo 7. Eisele participated in and executed
maneuvers enabling the crew to perform exercises in transposition and docking
and lunar orbit rendezvous with the S-IVB stage of their Saturn IB launch
vehicle; completed eight successful test and maneuvering ignitions of the
service module propulsion engine; measured the accuracy of performance of all
spacecraft systems; and provided the first effective television transmissions
of onboard crew activities.
- Ron Evans (signed
Mission: Apollo 17. He holds the record of more time in lunar orbit
than anyone else in the world.
Anna Fisher, (M.D.) (signed first day postal cover celebrating
Pittsburgh's contributions to the Space Shuttle). Missions: STS-51A Discovery
and the first mother in space.
- Jake Garn (signed
photo). Missions: STS-51D (Discovery). As a sitting United States
senator, Senator Garn is the first member of congress to fly in space.
Owen K. Garriott (Ph.D.) (signed first day postal cover celebrating
Pittsburgh's contributions to the Space Shuttle). Missions: In 1965 he was one
of the first six Scientist-Astronauts selected by NASA. His first space flight
aboard Skylab in 1973 set a new world record for duration of approximately 60
days, more than double the previous record. Second space flight was aboard
Spacelab-1 in 1983, a multidisciplinary and international mission of 10 days.
- John Glenn (signed book We Seven
signed index card). Missions: Mercury
Friendship 7 (third American in space and first American to orbit the Earth)
and STS-95 Discovery (oldest person in space at 77 years old).
- Fred Haise (signed
to Dennis Moon picture in Andrew Chaikin's A Man
on the Moon and a
charity benefit program signed to Steven when Dennis
met Fred Haise). Missions: Apollo 13 and approach and landing test flights
of the space shuttle Enterprise.
- James Irwin (signed title page of his book To Rule the Night).
Missions: Apollo 15 (eighth person to walk on the Moon and first to utilize the
lunar rover vehicle). (Dennis met the crew of Apollo 15 during their
goodwill tour in 1971 in Zagreb, Croatia).
Valery Kubasov (signed
Apollo-Soyuz postal cover). Missions: Soyuz 6, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP)
and Soyuz 36, Kubasov became the world's first space construction worker. He
operated a prototype welding unit during his stay aboard Soyuz 6. In 1975,
Kubasov flew his second mission of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The Russian
crew docked with the American Apollo for 8 days.
Alexi Leonov (signed
postal cover). Missions: Voskhod 2 and Soyuz 19 (Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
(ASTP), First human to walk in space outside of a spacecraft. He was outside
the Voskhod 2 spacecraft for about 10 minutes and almost didn't get back in
the door. He vented some air from his space suit so he could fit through the
airlock hatch. He flew again in 1975 on Soyuz 19 for the Apollo-Soyuz mission
when the first docking of an American and Russian spacecraft happened. A
Russian and American spacecraft would not meet again in space for many years
until the shuttle docked with the Mir space station. If you have seen (or
read) Arthur C. Clarke's "2010", the spacecraft that flew to Jupiter was named
- Don Lind (signed
index card), Mission: STS51- B (Challenger). Dr. Lind developed and
conducted an experiment to make unique 3-dimensional video recordings of the
index card), Mission: Skylab-3 and STS-3 (Columbia). STS-3
(Columbia). Pilot during the Skylab mission. During STS-3, tested the
first use of the 50-foot remote manipulator system (RMS) to grapple and
maneuver a payload in space.
- James Lovell (signed book Lost Moon), later changed it's
title to Apollo 13 to coincide with the release of the movie).
Mission: Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8 (first manned mission to orbit the
Moon) and Apollo 13 (aborted mission to the Moon).
- Shannon Lucid (signed Space Shuttle Mission STS-58 Crew Photo).
Missions (all Space Shuttle): STS-51G (Mission Specialist), STS-34, STS-43),
STS-58, and most recently served as a Board Engineer 2 on Russia’s Space
Station Mir (launching March 22, 1996 aboard STS-76 and returning September
26, 1996 aboard STS-79).. Dr. Lucid holds an international record for the most
flight hours in orbit by any non-Russian, and holds the record for the most
flight hours in orbit by any woman in the world, logging 5,354 hours (223
days) in space.
Apollo 16 crew photo). Missions: Apollo 16, STS4 (Columbia) and
STS-51C (Discovery). He was designated command module pilot for the
Apollo 13 flight but was removed from flight status 72 hours prior to the
scheduled launch due to exposure to the German measles (replaced by Jack
index card), Mission: STS-41B (Challenger) and STS-31
(Discovery). During STS-41B, McCandless made the first, untethered, free
flight on each of the two Manned Maneuvering Units (MMU) carried on board
constituting two spectacular extravehicular activities (EVAs). During STS-31,
the crew deployed the Hubble Space Telescope, and conducted a variety of
middeck experiments involving the study of protein crystal growth, polymer
membrane processing, and the effects of weightlessness and magnetic fields on
an ion arc. They also operated a variety of cameras, including both the IMAX
in cabin and cargo bay cameras, for earth observations from their record
setting altitude of 380 miles.
- James McDivitt (signed Space Shots card). Missions: Gemini 4
(first American spacewalk by Ed White) and Apollo 9 (Commander, first flight
of the complete set of Apollo hardware and was the first flight of the Lunar
- Edgar Mitchell (signed photo). Mission: Apollo 14 (sixth person to
walk on the Moon).
Andrian Nikolayev (singed
postal cover). Missions: Vostok 3 and Soyuz 9. He set an endurance record
at the time, spending 4 days in space above Vostok 3.
- Sally Ride (signed photo). Mission: STS 7 Challenger (mission
specialist and first American woman in space) and STS 41-G Challenger. Serve
as a member of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger
phonograph album Our Journey to the Moon). Mission: Apollo 14.
Command module pilot.
- Wally Schirra (signed book Schirra's Space
signed Apollo 7 crew photo). Missions:
Mercury Sigma 7 (fifth American in space), Gemini 6, Apollo 7 (first manned
mission following the tragic Apollo 1 launch pad fire). One of the original seven
astronauts and the only astronaut to have flown on all three spacecraft -
Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo.
Harrison Schmitt (signed
card). Mission: Apollo 17. On his first
journey into space, Dr. Schmitt
occupied the lunar module pilot seat for Apollo 17 -- the last scheduled
manned Apollo mission to the United States. He is the twelfth person to walk
on the moon.
- Rusty Schweikart (signed first day postal cover celebrating
Pittsburgh's contributions to the Space Shuttle). Missions: Apollo 9. In his
only flight, Schweickart was the first to test the Apollo pressure suit in
space conditions during an earth-orbital test and tested the lunar landing
module docking procedures.
personal rocket bell photo). Missions: Gemini
8, Apollo 9 and Apollo 15).
Seventh person to walk on the Moon and first to utilize the lunar rover
vehicle. (Dennis met the crew of Apollo 15 during their goodwill tour in 1971
in Zagreb, Croatia).
- Alan Shepard (signed book We Seven). Missions: Mercury
Freedom 7 (first American in space) and Apollo 14 (fifth person to walk on
the Moon and, while on the moon, best known for hitting a golf ball).
- Donald "Deke"
Apollo-Soyuz postal cover). Mission: Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP).
Named as one of the Mercury astronauts in April 1959. He was originally
scheduled to pilot the Mercury-Atlas 7 mission but was relieved of this
assignment due to a heart condition discovered in August 1959.
Apollo-Soyuz postal cover). Missions: Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10 and
the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), Piloted the first rendezvous in space
and developed techniques for spaces rendezvous.
Kathryn Sullivan (signed
postal cover). Missions (all Space Shuttle): Mission specialist on STS-41G
(Challenger), STS-31 (Discovery) and STS-45 (Atlantis).
The first American woman to walk in space on STS-41G,
Valentina Tereshkova (singed
postal cover). Missions: Vostok 6. The first woman to fly in space. In her
single space flight, Tereshkova spent more time in orbit than all of the U.S.
Mercury (1958-1963) astronauts combined.
- Donald Williams (signed first day postal cover celebrating
Pittsburgh's contributions to the Space Shuttle). Missions (all Space
Shuttle): STS-51D Discovery and STS-34 Atlantis (deployed the Galileo
spacecraft, starting its journey to explore Jupiter).
- Actor Tom Hanks
signed photograph from the film Apollo 13.
- Apollo 8
appreciation letter and
made of metal flown on the flight.
- Apollo 11 Commemorative Coin (front;
obverse) made from metal from the Columbia and Eagle spacecrafts that took
the first astronauts to a lunar landing.
- Apollo 12 postal covers (3) made from mission tracking charts (1,
space suit material swatch.
Polystyrene Spheres made in space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger