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Lyndon B. Johnson on the Death of an Astronaut in the Apollo I Fire

Typed Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 131

President Lyndon B. Johnson's letter of condolence to the parents of Roger B. Chaffee, an astronaut who died in the Apollo I fire.
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Autograph Letter of Astronaut Judy Resnik-Killed in the Challenger Disaster-About Autographs

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 819

Judy Resnik, the second American woman, and second Jewish person in space, responds to requests for autographs and photographs.
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Signed Photo of Challenger Astronaut Judy Resnik-Second American Woman, and First American Jew, in Space

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SMC 820

Signed photo of doomed Challenger astronaut Judy Resnik-the second American woman, and the first American Jew, in space
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Lyndon B. Johnson Writes to the Parents of Astronaut Gus Grissom, Killed in the Apollo I Fire

Typed Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1459

President Johnson loved the Space Program; loved the astronauts; loved awarding Gus Grissom NASA's Distinguished Service Medal, for being the first American to fly into space twice. Burying Grissom, and his comrades, was a bitter responsibility – which he followed, still, with personal letters of condolence.
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Christa McAuliffe, a Teacher, Writes About Her Excitement Going Into Space on the Ill-Fated Challenger

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1508

Christa McAuliffe was the first civilian selected to join astronauts on a space mission. A school teacher, she was planning to give lessons from the spacecraft, to be broadcast live; she would show her students how astronauts ate, slept, and lived on the space shuttle. This letter, written five months before the tragic live broadcast explosion of the Challenger, reflects McAuliffe's enthusiasm for her mission.
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Gregory Jarvis Says That Space Mission Assignment is

Typed Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1509

Explaining that "being assigned to any mission is relatively tentative and re-assignment is just the luck of the draw," Jarvis tells his correspondent that after being bumped, he has been assigned to the Challenger as a payload specialist.
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Dick Scobee, Commander of the Ill-Fated Challenger, Hopes to Be Selected as a Space Shuttle Astronaut

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SMC 1510

Dick Scobee writes that he hopes to be selected as a space shuttle astronaut. He eventually would become the commander of the ill-fated Challenger.
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