Portrait of the Project Mercury astronauts

Portrait of the Project Mercury astronauts

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Caption: Project Mercury astronauts. Group portrait of the seven astronauts selected for Project Mercury in 1959. They are: (front row, l-r) Walter Schirra, Donald 'Deke' Slayton, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, (back row, l-r) Alan Shepard, Virgil 'Gus' Grissom and Gordon Cooper. Shepard was the first of the group (and the first ever American) into space, his sub-orbital flight taking place on 5 May 1961. He was followed by Grissom (sub- orbital), Glenn (first orbital flight), Carpenter, Schirra and Cooper. Cooper's was the last Mercury flight, launched on 15 May 1963. Slayton had to wait until the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission to get into space.

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Keywords: alan b., carpenter, cooper, donald k., glenn, grissom, group shot, john h., l. gordon, manned spaceflight, mercury astronauts, mercury program, programme, schirra, scott, shepard, slayton, space, virgil i. 'gus', walter m.

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