artifact is a segment of wire from the umbilical that connected power
to the Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft during the launch procedures for
Mercury Redstone 4.
The wire segment and display container was obtained from Rick
Boos. Mr. Boos obtained the spacecraft umbilical head from
which this segment was extracted from Launch Pad leader Guenter Wendt.
A statement of
authenticity from Mr. Boos
Rick Boos, do hereby certify that this strand of
wire was removed by myself from within the flight-used MR-4 "Liberty
Bell 7" spacecraft umbilical head on February 25, 2000. Said
spacecraft umbilical head was obtained from Launch Pad Leader Guenter
Wendt by myself on NOvember of 1993. The spacecraft umbilical
head played an integral part in the launch operations in that it
provided all electrical power to the spacecraft up to the T-minus 30
second mark, at which time it was ejected from the receptacle, located
just beneath the spacecraft periscope and the spacecraft went onto its
own internal power.
two spacecraft umbilical heads were
salvaged during the entire Project Mercury program. Al Shepard's
M4-3 plug, which was given to him as a post flight given by the launch
team, no resides in the Astronaut Hall of Fame Museum an the M4-4
plug that Guenter Wendt kept for his own collection until he sold it to
me in November of 1993. Certified By: Rick Boos March 6, 2002"