Florida's Space Coast by Wade Arnold, Foreword by Astronaut Andy Allen
On this Day in History, April 9, 1959: NASA introduced America’s first astronauts who became known as the Original Seven (pictured) and were chosen for the country’s first space program "Project Mercury"
Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper
Full Description: Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper, Jr., one of the original seven astronauts for Mercury Project selected by NASA on April 27, 1959. The MA-9 mission, boosted by the Mercury-Atlas launch vehicle, was the last flight of the Mercury Project. The Faith 7 spacecraft orbited the Earth 22 times in 1-1/2 days. Image Number: SPD-MARSH-8772556 Date: May 1963
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"Freedom 7"' Displayed in Air and Space Building
Astronaut Alan Shepard peers inside the Mercury "'Freedom 7"' spacecraft which he flew on May 5, 1961. The spacecraft was presented to the Smithsonian on October 23, 1961, and placed on display in the Aircraft Building (aka Quonset Hut) in the South Yard by the Smithsonian Castle. Source: Smithsonian Institution Archives
John Glenn, Mercury -- Heads to the Launch Pad
Description: Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., NASA flight surgeon William Douglas and equipment specialist Joseph W. Schmidt leave crew quarters prior to the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission. Glenn is in his pressure suit and is carrying the portable ventilation unit. Image #: Date: February 20, 1962
Neil Armstrong - Wikipedia
Astronaut Neil Armstrong served in the US Navy as a Naval Aviator during the Korean War from 1949 to 1952 and he remained in the Navy Reserve until he resigned his commission in 1960.
Astronaut Walter M. Schirra
Full Description: Astronaut Walter M. "Wally" Schirra, one of the original seven astronauts for Mercury Project selected by NASA on April 27, 1959. The MA-8 (Mercury-Atlas) mission with Sigma 7 spacecraft was the third marned orbital flight by the United States, and made the six orbits in 9-1/4 hours. Born March 12, 1923 in Hackensack, NJ, Schirra passed away on May 3, 2007. Image Number: SPD-MARSH-8892072 Date: 1959
Space History Photo: Alan Shepard in Space Suit before Mercury Launch
Astronaut Alan Shepard, in his silver pressure suit, preparing for his upcoming Mercury-Redstone 3 launch, the first American manned flight into space.
To The Moon (Time-Life Records) - Sci-Fi-O-Rama
Something of a special feature here, original photography scanned from the breathtakingly beautiful ‘To The Moon’ (Time-Life 1969) an audio and visual chronology that documents NASA’s Mercury, Gemini and (of course) Apollo projects. ‘To The Moon’ includes 6 doubled sided 12″ Vinyl’s full of famous radio transmissions and interviews, plus an accompanying 190-page slip casebook, […]
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Project Mercury, 1959-1963
Less than a year after its birth, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency announced its first astronaut class, the Mercury Seven, on April 9, 1959. Project Mercury proved that humans could live and work in space, paving the way for future human exploration. This cutaway drawing of the Mercury capsule was used by the Space Task Group at the first NASA inspection. Image Number: Date: October 24, 1959.