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Mercury Spacecraft, designed and built by McDonnell, St. Louis for NASA. Signed by the six astronauts who flew in the Mercury program: Alan B Shepard, Gus Grissom, J H Glenn, Jr., Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper.

Mercury Spacecraft, designed and built by McDonnell, St. Louis for NASA. Signed by the six astronauts who flew in the Mercury program

The original 7: Mercury astronauts

The Original Mercury The guys with the "right stuff" Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra Gordon Cooper Deke Slayton

Cover boys  -Fifty years ago, America's astronauts were celebrities. The cover of Life magazine's issue for March 3, 1961, featured Mercury astronauts John Glenn, Gus Grissom and Alan Shepard.

Cover of LIFE magazine dated w. logo & group portrait of Mercury astronauts John Glenn, Gus Grissom & Alan Shepard;

LIFE Magazine March 9, 1962 - Story of Space Orbit by Astronaut John Glenn

Description: 1962 LIFE MAGAZINE vintage magazine cover "John Glenn" ~ My Own Story Of The Orbit by John Glenn ~ Size: The dimensions of the magazine cover page .

Mercury "Freedom 7" capsule in which Alan Shepard became the first American in space on May 5, 1961. Currently on loan to @JFK Library

The Mercury 'Freedom capsule in which Alan Shepard became the first American in space on May 1961 (currently on loan to Sudds Library)

The crew of Apollo 9.

Apollo 9 crew James A. McDivitt (CMDR), David R. Scott (CMP) and Russell L. Apollo 9 launched 45 years ago today on the first flight of all Apollo hardware in Earth orbit.

CNN) — Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit Earth, died on Thursday, NASA said. He was 88. “We, the whole NASA family, are mourning with Scott’s family. We have lost a true pioneer. I shall long remember him not only for his smarts and courage but his incredible humor. He kept us all grounded,” said NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. “We will miss him greatly.”

Mercury Seven astronaut Scott Carpenter dies at 88

CNN) — Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit Earth, died on Thursday, NASA said. He was 88. “We, the whole NASA family, are mourning with Scott’s family. We have lost a true pioneer. I shall long remember him not only for his smarts and courage but his incredible humor. He kept us all grounded,” said NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. “We will miss him greatly.”

Astronaut John Glenn and his wife, Annie, grab a quiet moment at home. Glenn and his wife were childhood sweethearts.

Astronaut John Glenn and his wife, Annie, grab a quiet moment at home. Glenn and his wife were childhood sweethearts.

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