The Mercury program
's success led to Project Gemini, in which Faget designed a two-person capsule and perfected space-docking maneuvers that would help with the subsequent Apollo program announced a few weeks after the fast manned Mercury flight Altogether, there were 20 unmanned Mercury flights and six successfully manned.
The model is known as the "First Omega in Space," and is based on the iconic watch that astronaut Walter Schirra wore during the Sigma 7 mission of the Mercury program
In 1962, astronaut Walter "Wally" Schirra made history when he wore his own personal Speedmaster CK 2998 during the "Sigma 7" mission of the Mercury program
In 1959 the AWT was decommissioned as a wind tunnel and modified to house a multiaxis control trainer for the Mercury program
. Two years later, it again underwent modifications to test rocket upper stages and spacecraft payloads in very high altitude and vacuum environments.
The emblem is estimated at 40,000 dollars to 60,000 dollars, while other prized items at the auction include a Mercury program
spacesuit from about 1960, several American flags carried into space, and moon dust-covered gear worn by astronauts during the Apollo 12 mission.
The author is the mercury program
officer in the OES Office of Environmental Policy.
Here the science and technology of the Mercury program
grant access to outer space--a new frontier--to the astronaut-pilots who stand as modern-day versions of the cowboys of the Old West.
In all, the Mercury program
had 26 flights, only 6 of which had a human aboard.
Air Force pararescuemen have provided astronaut recovery support to NASA as far back as the Mercury program
and were the first on scene to help legendary astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Gus Grissom from their space capsules.
During the time I wrote "Frame," as well as others of this group, I was listening almost exclusively to a group called The Mercury Program
. The music is tight, jazz-inflected instrumental rock; sometimes called, I think, "postindustrial rock."
The fact that the tests were conducted by Lovelace and were identical to those given to the candidates for the Mercury program
has led to the common misconception that WISP was a NASA program.