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09-04-1959 - On this day, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) introduces America’s first astronauts to the press: Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper Jr., John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr., and Donald Slayton. The seven men, all military test pilots, were carefully selected from a group of 32 candidates to take part in Project Mercury, America’s first manned space program. NASA planned to begin manned orbital flights in 1961.

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DIY Mercury Glass

DIY Mercury glass mason jars. Looking glass spray paint, equal parts vinegar/water spray bottle. Spray with water mix then add light coat of spray paint. Allow to dry. Use a paper towel to wipe away bubbled areas for completed look.

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John Glenn's Mercury mission was the first American space flight around the world. #Infographic

John Glenn's Mercury mission was the first American space flight around the world. #Infographic

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original astronauts | Original astronauts with J.S. McDonnell (1961) 2D4-22651

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Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. With Mercury 'Friendship 7' Spacecraft

Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., pilot of the Mercury Atlas 6 (MA-6) spaceflight, poses for a photo with the Mercury "Friendship 7" spacecraft d...

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