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ALAN SHEPARD
GUS GRISSOM
JOHN GLENN
SCOTT CARPENTER
GORDON COOPER
WALLY SCHIRRA
DEKE SLAYTON

 

 

 

These Astronauts known as Mercury Seven were announced by NASA in April, 1959. These seven original American astronauts were

 

Alan Shepard Was on First sub-orbital manned Mercury mission in My 1961; First American in Space; Was diagnosed with a medical condition and so could not go on Gemini; was cured and was the commander on Apollo 14 in Jan-Feb 1971  
Gus Grissom Second and last sub-orbital Mercury mission in July 1961: The capsule sank after splashdown and was retrieved in 1999. Went on Gemini 3, first manned Gemini mission: Was commander on Apollo 1 and was killed in a fire during a launch pad test in January 1967  
John Glenn First orbital Mercury flight in February 1962: first American to orbit the earth: Went again on Space Shuttle STS-95 in October 1998  
Scott Carpenter Second sub-orbital Mercury mission in May 1962: did not participate on other missions  
Wally Schirra Third orbital Mercury mission in in October 1962.  Gemini 6A December 1965. First space rendevouz with Gemini 7. Apollo 7 commander October 1968. Only person to fly on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo  
Gordon Cooper Final sub-orbital Mercury mission in May 1963: Was command pilot on Gemini 5 in August 1965  
Deke Slayton Could not go on Mercury mission due to a medical condition: But became an important person in US Space program as a Director of Flight Crew Operations: responsible for crew selection on Gemini and Apollo: got cured of his condition and went on Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP)  

 

 

 

  MERCURY 7 POSTER -MERCURY ASTRONAUTS BY GORDON PAIGE

DIRECTOR OF MUSEUM

SPIRIT OF FLIGHT MUSEUM, ERIE COLORADO

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