The Mercury 7 Introduced 55 Years Ago

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ABOVE VIDEO: Less than a year after NASA’s birth, the agency introduced its first astronaut class, the Mercury 7, on April 9, 1959. The press conference held in Washington that day introduced the world to a group of men who would become household names and genuine American heroes.

The Mercury 7: Genuine American Heroes

NASA – Fifty-five years ago, on April 9, 1959, NASA introduced its first astronaut class, the Mercury 7. Front row, left to right: Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Donald K. “Deke” Slayton, John H. Glenn, Jr., and M. Scott Carpenter; back row, Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, and L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.

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