Category: project mercury

The payload capabilities of U.S. launch vehicles, printed by NASA, 1965.

John Glenn prepares for the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission, January 1962.

(NASA Commons)

Remembering Mercury 7 spaceman Gordon “Gordo” Cooper, born on this day in 1927.

Mercury men.

September 13, 1966 – The unmanned Mercury-Atlas 4 spacecraft goes on a once-around-the-world journey after blasting off from Cape Canaveral.

Scenes from Project Mercury, 1959-1963.

TODAY IN HISTORY: On July 29, 1960, the Mercury program stumbles when the unmanned Mercury-Redstone 1 fails to launch in what would come to be known as the “four-inch flight.” After a normal countdown, the rocket’s engines ignited but then immediately shut down after liftoff, resulting in a rise of about 4 inches. Separately, the escape rocket rose to about 4,000 feet before landing some 400 yards away. Seconds after that, the capsule deployed its parachutes while also ejecting the radio antenna. In retrospect, the mishap looks kind of hilarious when you watch it on film. (NASA)

July 21, 1961 – Mercury-Redstone 4 astronaut Gus Grissom blasts off from Cape Canaveral on his journey to become the second American in space. 

(Stellar Views)

On this day in 1965, Gemini 5 astronaut Gordon “Gordo” Cooper adjusts his helmet while suiting up at Cape Canaveral.

July 21, 1961 – On the Mercury-Redstone 4 mission, astronaut Gus Grissom became the second American to fly in space. Featured in a 1963 Topps trading card.