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    This 1958 scale model shows the Mercury capsule shape B design, indicating the position of the astronaut.

    NASA's Future Capsule

    entrance to an astronaut suit

    An Astronaut Float

    You are astronaut of your own life. Explore!

    NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy

    Presenting The Project Mercury Ballistic Capsule!

    Spacewalking Astronaut John Grunsfeld

    The Seven Astronauts of the Mercury Program try on their distinctive silver space suits.


    An Atlas booster surges skyward from the launch pad carrying astronaut Wally Schirra. He rides atop inside Sigma 7, the tiny black and white capsule surmounted by the red escape tower.

    SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket/Dragon Capsule at Night

    An astronaut and the parts of his Pressure Suit.

    This astronaut has a great look going on. Walter M. "Wally" Schirra, one of the original 7 astronauts for Mercury Project NASA 1959.

    Launched from Earth on July 16, 1969, the three astronauts of Apollo 11 arrived in orbit of the moon on July 19. The following day, Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin climbed into their lunar module “Eagle” and achieved humanity’s first landing on another celestial body.

    NASA selected Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper in 1959 as one of the 7 astronauts for their Mercury Project. In 1 1/2 days, the Faith 7 spacecraft orbited the Earth 22 times. (photo: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Collection)

    Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin poses for a snapshot while inside the Lunar Module in this July 1969 NASA image. Aldrin and astronaut Neil Armstrong were the first humans to land and walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.

    Project Mercury: [ Infographic ]

    “Mercury Spacecraft. Designed and built by McDonnell, St. Louis for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration” - image of the Mercury capsule with the escape tower atop. Signed by the six astronauts who flew in the Mercury program, as follows: “Alan B Shepard” (1923-1998), “Gus Grissom” (1926-1967), “J H Glenn, Jr.”, “Scott Carpenter”, “Wally Schirra” (1923-2007), and “Gordon Cooper” (1927-2004).

    NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, an Expedition 36 flight engineer, uses a 400mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph the Earth roughly 250 miles below him. The Cupola is an ESA-built observatory module of the International Space Station (ISS). The Cupola’s 31 inch window is the largest ever used in space.

    Apollo 8 Astronauts (Bill Anders and James Lovell)