The 50th Anniversary of Project Mercury

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 9, 2009 in Science |

50 years ago in April of 1959 the then new American space agency NASA started Project Mercury — the goal of which was to have manned spaceflight. In 1962 Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. would make the first American sub-orbital trip — and later in 1962 John Glenn (shown in the video above) would make the first orbit:

Colonel John Glenn

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