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Project Mercury: Photos of NASA's 1st Crewed Spaceflights

Launch of Friendship 7

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This image shows the launch of Friendship 7, the first American manned orbital space flight. With astronaut John Glenn aboard, the Mercury-Atlas rocket is launched from Pad 14, February 20, 1962.

Astronaut John Glenn During His First Orbit in Friendship 7

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A weightless applesauce tube floats free following a snack by astronaut John Glenn in the course of his first orbit during the Mercury "Friendship 7" mission on February 20, 1962.

Astronaut Scott Carpenter Inserted into Aurora 7 Spacecraft

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Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter is inserted inside his Aurora 7 spacecraft, before the launch of the Mercury-Atlas 7 mission. Photo taken May 24, 1962.

Launch of the Mercury-Atlas 7 Mission

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The Mercury-Atlas 7 (MA-7), carrying Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter, was launched by NASA from Pad 14, Cape Canaveral, Florida, on May 24, 1962.

Original Mercury Astronaut Wally Schirra

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Walter Wally Schirra poses in his Mercury pressure suit with a model of the Mercury spacecraft behind him.

Astronaut Scott Carpenter Recovered after MA-7 Flight

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Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter, prime pilot for the Mercury-Atlas 7 (MA-7) mission, is seen being recovered from Atlantic Ocean after MA-7 flight. A diver helps Carpenter into a life raft while the capsule floats nearby. Photo taken July 10, 1962

Historic Mercury Launch Pad Reimagined As Classroom

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This aerial view of Launch Complex 14 (LC-14) at Cape Canaveral was taken in 1963. Project Mercury Rising proposes to restore and revive LC-14 as a classroom.

Walter Schirra

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Pictured is astronaut Walter M. Schirra, one of the original seven astronauts for Mercury Project selected by NASA on April 27, 1959. Schirra's Mercury-Atlas 8 mission, during which he piloted his Sigma 7 spacecraft, was the third manned orbital flight by the United States.

Cece Bibby with Wally Schirra

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Graphic artist Cece Bibby with Wally Schirra, as she applies the Sigma 7 logo to his Mercury spacecraft.

Launch of the Mercury-Atlas 8 Mission

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Launch of the Mercury-Atlas 8 "Sigma 7" mission, bearing astronaut Walter M. Schirra, Jr.

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