Here is another interesting photo from the Bonhams' Space History Sale, a wide-angle camera view of the Mercury-Atlas 9 launch. (Inscribed and signed: "The start of the longest and best Mercury flight, Gordon Cooper, Faith 7 / MA – 9, 15 May 1963.")

Hunting for rare photos from the beginning of the US space program one can found this image in the NASA archives, but in a much poorer quality:

Also a previous frame from this roll can be found:

So dear Bonhams, thank you very much for this great historical shot:

(Color photograph, 8 x 10 inches, with a red NASA ID number at the upper border and printed NASA captions on verso. Vintage print on "A Kodak Paper.")

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