Mercury Program

Project_Mercury_1962_Issue-4c.jpg MISSION SUMMARY
Mission: Mercury Program
Launch date: 1959 - 1963
Launch vehicles: Little Joe, Redstone, Atlas
Launch site: Cape Canaveral
Crew capacity: Unmanned, Manned (1 pilot)

Overview: The first human spaceflight program of the United States. The goals of the program were to orbit a manned spacecraft around Earth, investigate the pilot's ability to function in space and to recover both pilot and spacecraft safely. The Mercury-Atlas 6 flight on February 20, 1962, was the first American flight to achieve this goal. The program included 20 unmanned launches, followed by two suborbital and four orbital flights with astronaut pilots.

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Freedom_launch.jpg Mercury launch

Glenn.jpg John Glenn, 1962
A camera aboard the "Friendship 7" Mercury spacecraft photographs Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. during the first orbital manned Mercury-Atlas 6 spaceflight; Photographs Glenn as he uses a photometer to view the sun during sunsent on the MA-6 space flight.

Mercury_Spacecraft.pngMercury spacecraft cutaway

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Above: Alan Shepard - Ambassador of Exploration


SS-simulator.jpg Solar System Simulator - JPL

logo-eotss-main.png Eyes on the Universe - JPL

MapAPlanet-banner.jpg Map a Planet - USGS



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