One of the original "Mercury Seven" NASA astronauts. Initially grounded by a heart condition, he would serve as NASA's Director of Flight Crew Operations. Deke Slayton was responsible for all crew assignments at NASA from November 1963 until March 1972, when he was granted medical clearance to fly as docking module pilot of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. At the time of the flight, he became the oldest person to fly into space.


Original Seven Mercury Astronaut Donald “Deke” Slayton DS

DONALD “DEKE” SLAYTON. (1924-1993). American astronaut. Slayton became an astronaut in 1959. He was one of the original seven Mercury astronauts. He has spent over 216 hours in space on one spaceflight. In 1975, Slayton flew aboard the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The Apollo spacecraft linked up with a Russian spacecraft. The crews of each country spent nine days performing experiments together. Slayton left NASA in 1981.

Document Signed. 10 1/3 pp. n.p. n.d. Commentary on his experiences while training and working during the Mercury 7 period. Entitled "A Job For Everybody," Slayton details the division of responsibilities of each of the seven as they worked through the development of equipment and procedures to be used in the early space flight missions.

He comments "...John Glenn, whose capsule was picked up by a destroyer while he was still inside, tried to crawl out through the top hatch but found it easier to blow the side hatch and come out that way…”

Boldly signed in blue ink at conclusion. Fine example. Accompanied by a signed statement by a colleague of Slayton’s who acquired it, that the manuscript was later incorporated into a book published about the Mercury missions.
Catalog: # AM-0900
Topic: Astronauts
Price: $900.00