artifact is a one inch square of rip-stop nylon that was cut from the
parachute that slowed the descent of Mercury spacecraft Freedom 7.
The artifact was obtained by the Earth To The Moon Air and Space Museum
from space artifact dealer Ricky Lanclos.
The swatch is attached to a presentation piece that states, "Freedom 7
May 5, 1961 NASA launches
Cdr. Alan B. Shepard Jr. atop a Redstone Rocket, onboard a Mercury
Spacecraft, which he named Freedom 7, a sub-orbital flight lasting 15
min. 22 sec. Maximum altitude 116 miles, 297 miles down range.
Recovery was in the Atlantic aboard the USS Lake Champlain.
This is to certify that
this swatch of parachute cloth made of rip-stop nylon is an actual
piece of Alan Shepard's Mercury Space Craft Parachute.