The Historic Flight of Mercury

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Published on March 14, 2014

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PowerPoint Presentation: NASA's Mercury astronaut, John Glenn sits inside a training capsule on January 11th, 1961, in preparation for manned space flight. (AP Photo/Harvey Georges) PowerPoint Presentation: John H. Glenn, one of the Mercury Seven Astronauts , runs through a training exercise in the Mercury Procedures Trainer at the Space Task Group, Langley Field, Virginia. This Link-type spacecraft simulator allowed the astronaut the practice of both normal and emergency modes of systems operations. (NASA) PowerPoint Presentation: The original seven Mercury astronauts pose with a model of an Atlas rocket on July 12, 1962. PowerPoint Presentation: This device is formally known as the MASTIF or Multiple Axis Space Test Inertia Facility and is located in the Altitude Wind Tunnel. It was built at the Lewis Research Center, now John H. Glenn Research Center, and designed to train astronauts to regain control of a tumbling spacecraft. (NASA) PowerPoint Presentation: Astronaut John Glenn Jr.'s balance mechanism (semi-circular-canals) is tested by running cool water into his ear and measuring effect on eye motions ( nystagmus ). (NASA) PowerPoint Presentation: Astronaut John Glenn Jr.'s balance mechanism (semi-circular-canals) is tested by running cool water into his ear and measuring effect on eye motions ( nystagmus ). (NASA) PowerPoint Presentation: The launch of the Mercury Atlas (MA-2), an unmanned suborbital Mercury capsule test on February 24, 1961. (NASA) PowerPoint Presentation: The seven original Mercury astronauts participate in U.S. Air Force survival school at Stead Air Force Base in Nevada. Picture from left to right are L. Gordon Cooper, Jr., M. Scott Carpenter, John H. Glenn, Jr., Alan Shepard , Virgil I. Grissom, Walter M. Schirra , Jr., and Donald K. Slayton. Portions of their clothing have been fashioned from parachute material, and all have grown beards from their time in the wilderness. The purpose of this training was to prepare astronauts in the event of an emergency or faulty landing in a remote area. (NASA) PowerPoint Presentation: The Mercury space capsule undergoing tests in Full Scale Wind Tunnel, January 1959. (NASA) PowerPoint Presentation: A three-year-old chimpanzee named Ham sits in the biopack couch for the MR-2 suborbital test flight. On January 31, 1961, a Mercury-Redstone launch from Cape Canaveral carried the chimpanzee "Ham" over 640 kilometers down range in an arching trajectory that reached a peak of 254 kilometers above the Earth. The mission was successful and Ham performed his lever-pulling task well in response to the flashing light. NASA used chimpanzees and other primates to test the Mercury Capsule before launching the first American astronaut Alan Shepard in May 1961. (NASA) PowerPoint Presentation: Mercury Capsule model undergoing tests in Spin Tunnel. PowerPoint Presentation: An Atlas missile carrying a one-and-a-half-pound squirrel monkey named Goliath in its nose cone veers off course after launch and showers burning wreckage back on Cape Canaveral, Nov. 10, 1961. (AP Photo/Jim Kerlin ) PowerPoint Presentation: The Atlas missile carrying a tiny monkey named Goliath in its nose cone, is shown as it exploded shortly after launch in Cape Canaveral, Nov. 10, 1961. The nose cone is at lower right. (AP Photo/Jim Kerlin ) PowerPoint Presentation: Wreckage from a failed test of an Atlas missile carrying a monkey named Goliath showers down on Cape Canaveral, Nov. 10, 1961. (AP Photo/Jim Kerlin )

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