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Mercury 7 Astronauts Introduced to the World 55 Years Ago

04/10/2014 06:15AM

Mercury 7 Astronauts Introduced to the World 55 Years Ago

On April 9, 1959, NASA introduced its first astronaut class, the Mercury 7: Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Donald K. "Deke" Slayton, John H. Glenn, Jr., M. Scott Carpenter; Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, and L. Gordon Cooper, Jr. The press and public soon adopted them as heroes, embodying the new spirit of space exploration. Project Mercury helped prove that human spaceflight was possible and paved the way for the Gemini and Apollo programs.


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  • ddolan [David Dolan]
  • 04/18/2014 05:37AM
When NASA had this photo taken there weren't enough real boots for everyone so the spray painted some work-boots silver <img class='' src='http://new.astromart.com/astromart/javascripts/sceditor/emoticons/smile.png' alt='smile' title='smile'/> !
<br><br>Good catch David.<br><br>Slayton and Glenn in the center of the front row are wearing the spray-painted work boots with the shoe laces.<br><br>Attached is an image of the real boots.<br><br>Guy<br><br><br><br><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="italic"><i>David Dolan said:</i><br><br>When NASA had this photo taken there weren't enough real boots for everyone so the spray painted some work-boots silver <img class='' src='http://new.astromart.com/astromart/javascripts/sceditor/emoticons/smile.png' alt='smile' title='smile'/> !</div></blockquote>