Shepard, Glenn, Slayton, Grissom, Schirra, Cooper, Carpenter. Swap the names around, place them in any order you like — they’ll still be recognizable as belonging to the dauntless men NASA chose as the nation’s first astronauts: the Mercury 7
Original seven Mercury astronauts undergoing survival training at Stead AFB.
Mercury program astronaut survival training, Stead AFB.
The Mercury Redstone. This one carried Alan Shepard into sub-orbit space on May 5th, 1961. On a personal note, this is, in my opinion, the most beautiful rocket NASA ever launched.
Original seven Mercury astronauts undergoing survival training at Stead AFB, exit the base operations building.
30 Of The Most Powerful And Popular Images From Flickr Mercury 7, Autographed by Astronauts to Ed Heinemann, 1959.
In December 1949, 1st Lt. Croston Stead, a Reno native, lost his life when his P-51 Mustang crashed at the base during a flying training mission. In January 1951, the base was named Stead in his honor.