Mercury Spacecraft, designed and built by McDonnell, St. Louis for NASA. Signed by the six astronauts who flew in the Mercury program: Alan B Shepard, Gus Grissom, J H Glenn, Jr., Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper.
The PGM-11 "Redstone" - the World's first nuclear missile displayed in Grand Central Station, July 7, 1957. In 1961, for more peaceful purposes, a Redstone launched Alan Shepherd in his Mercury capsule into space - the first American in space. Mona Evans, "Sky of Grand Central Terminal - History" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art301156.asp
Some really "old" pictures, some very "unique" pictures, and a couple that probably qualify as being "unbelievable"
Crew of Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107. From left to right: Brown, Husband, Clark, Chawla, Anderson, McCool, Ramon. On February 1, 2003, Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.
Challenger flight 51-l crew. Back row (L-R): Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik. Front row (L-R): Michael J. Smith, Francis "Dick" Scobee, Ronald McNair. Challenger broke up 73 seconds after launch on January 28, 1986. There were no survivors.
▶ Destination: Moon - YouTube. Published on 19 Jan 2015. This 8-minute film gives an overview of the past, present, and future of Moon exploration, from the Lunar cataclysm to ESA’s vision of what Lunar exploration could be. Why is the Moon important for science? What resources does the Moon have? Is there water? Why should we go back and how will we do it?
Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan with the lunar rover in December 1972, in the moon's Taurus-Littrow valley. (Credit: NASA) Ian Ridpath, "Exploring the Apollo Landing Sites" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art29536.asp
Orange soil (from volcanic glass beads) is clearly visible in this image from Apollo 17. (Credit: NASA) Ian Ridpath, "Exploring the Apollo Landing Sites" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art29536.asp
Apollo 17's lunar rover, flag and part of the lunar module in this view taken out the module's window. (Credit: NASA) Ian Ridpath, "Exploring the Apollo Landing Sites" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art29536.asp
▶ Astronaut Chris Hadfield and Chef David Chang Test Gourmet Space Food. Jamie and Adam chat with astronaut Chris Hadfield about the limitations of food preparation on board the International Space Station. While astronauts can't really cook their own meals, Jamie and Adam of Mythbusters challenge celebrated chef David Chang with the task of devising a recipe that Commander Hadfield can test...in space! Mona Evans, "Thanksgiving in Space" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art32610.asp
Sunrise at the Soyuz Launch Pad. The sun rises as the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Sept. 23, 2014. It carried Expedition 41 Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev and Flight Engineer Elena Serova of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore of NASA to the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky
▶ First Orbit - the movie. On April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin saw what no human had ever seen before: the Earth from space. "First Orbit" allows you to imagine that you are making the historic voyage. Film shot from the International Space Station creates the views, but you'll also have Philip Sheppard's music. Mona Evans, "First Orbit - Film Review" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art5686.asp
An interesting infographic about John Glenn. He wasn't the first American in space - or even the first American human in space! But he was the first American to orbit the Earth. Glenn was preceded by Soviet cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov.