The original Mercury 7 astronauts were selected in April 1959: Gordon Cooper, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter.

Nasa's Mercury Astronauts L to R: Cooper, Schirra, Sheppard, Grissom, Glenn…

“Seven men emerged from this competitive purgatory as the as the Project Mercury astronauts… This is the beginning for each of them.” MERCURY SEVEN: The Story of NASA’s Astronauts

“Seven men emerged from this competitive purgatory as the as the Project Mercury astronauts… This is the beginning for each of them.” MERCURY SEVEN: The Story of NASA’s Astronauts

“Seven men emerged from this competitive purgatory as the as the Project Mercury astronauts… This is the beginning for each of them.” MERCURY SEVEN: The Story of NASA’s Astronauts

“Seven men emerged from this competitive purgatory as the as the Project Mercury astronauts… This is the beginning for each of them.” MERCURY SEVEN: The Story of NASA’s Astronauts

The original Mercury Seven astronauts: Wally Schirra, John Glenn, Deke Slayton, Gus Grissom, Alan Shepard, Scott Carpenter, Gordo Cooper.

The original Mercury Seven astronauts: Wally Schirra, John Glenn, Deke Slayton, Gus Grissom, Alan Shepard, Scott Carpenter, Gordo Cooper.

“Seven men emerged from this competitive purgatory as the as the Project Mercury astronauts… This is the beginning for each of them.” MERCURY SEVEN: The Story of NASA’s Astronauts

“Seven men emerged from this competitive purgatory as the as the Project Mercury astronauts… This is the beginning for each of them.” MERCURY SEVEN: The Story of NASA’s Astronauts

“Seven men emerged from this competitive purgatory as the as the Project Mercury astronauts… This is the beginning for each of them.” MERCURY SEVEN: The Story of NASA’s Astronauts

“Seven men emerged from this competitive purgatory as the as the Project Mercury astronauts… This is the beginning for each of them.” MERCURY SEVEN: The Story of NASA’s Astronauts

“Seven men emerged from this competitive purgatory as the as the Project Mercury astronauts… This is the beginning for each of them.” MERCURY SEVEN: The Story of NASA’s Astronauts

“Seven men emerged from this competitive purgatory as the as the Project Mercury astronauts… This is the beginning for each of them.” MERCURY SEVEN: The Story of NASA’s Astronauts

“Seven men emerged from this competitive purgatory as the as the Project Mercury astronauts… This is the beginning for each of them.” MERCURY SEVEN: The Story of NASA’s Astronauts

“Seven men emerged from this competitive purgatory as the as the Project Mercury astronauts… This is the beginning for each of them.” MERCURY SEVEN: The Story of NASA’s Astronauts

“Seven men emerged from this competitive purgatory as the as the Project Mercury astronauts… This is the beginning for each of them.” MERCURY SEVEN: The Story of NASA’s Astronauts

“Seven men emerged from this competitive purgatory as the as the Project Mercury astronauts… This is the beginning for each of them.” MERCURY SEVEN: The Story of NASA’s Astronauts

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