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Building Project Mercury: Test Flight Photos of NASA's First Spaceship

Enos

NASA

On November 29, 1961, a handler holds hands with Chimpanzee Enos as he lay in his flight couch. Enos wears his spacesuit as he is being prepared for insertion into the Mercury-Atlas 5 capsule.

Space Chimp

NASA

After orbiting Earth twice aboard a Mercury spacecraft, Enos the chimpanzee arrives at Patrick Air Force Base after the USS Stormes recovered him and the craft south of Bermuda. Examination revealed Enos suffered no ill effects from the space ride.

Thirsty

NASA

Sitting on his handler's lap Chimpanzee Enos drinks from a cup at a kitchen table.

Engines Fire

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On September 13, 1961, the Mercury-Atlas 4 spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

From Space

NASA

From the Mercury-Atlas 4, this photograph of a shoreline on Earth was captured on September 13, 1961.

Recovered

NASA

After a successful launch from Cape Canaveral, the Mercury-Atlas 4 was recovered at sea.

Planned Mission

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An October 1963 drawing in pen and ink revealed a proposed design for a Pig Capsule in the Little Joe capsule first shot.

Future Manned Flight

NASA

A 1964 drawing depicts the relative sizes of NASA launch vehicles: the one-man Mercury craft, the two-man Gemini craft and the three-man Apollo craft.

Alone in Space

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An illustration, drawn February 11, 1964, reveals the concept of the Mercury Vehicle.

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