Mercury Project

Project Mercury placed the first American astronauts in space, in the 1960s. The project's objectives were to successfully place a manned spacecraft in orbit, investigate an astronaut's performance capabilities and his ability to function in the environment of space, and recover the man and the spacecraft safely. The project successfully launched six astronauts into space, beginning with Alan Shepard on May 5, 1961.

Radio Programs

Faith 7 The end of a space-age singles act Thursday, May 16, 2013
Friendship 7 Getting back in the Space Race Monday, February 20, 2012
Freedom 7 A brief hop into the history books Thursday, May 5, 2011

Featured Images

John Glenn enters his Mercury capsule (right), and launches on February 20, 1962
Up, Up, and Away! Monday, February 20, 2012
Alan Shepard enters his capsule, then launches aboard Freedom 7, May 5, 1961
A-OK Flight Thursday, May 5, 2011


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