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January 7, 1996
Mercury Astronauts and a Redstone
Explanation: Space suited
project Mercury astronauts
John H. Glenn,
Virgil I. Grissom, and
Alan B. Shepard Jr.
(left to right) are pictured here posing in front of a
in this 1961 NASA publicity photo.
Project Mercury was the
first U.S. program designed to put humans in space.
It resulted in 6 manned flights
using one-man capsules and
Shortly after the
first U.S. manned flight on May 5, 1961, a suborbital flight piloted
by Alan Shepard, President Kennedy announced
the goal of a manned lunar landing by 1970. This goal was achieved by NASA's
and Shepard himself walked on the moon
as a member of the Apollo 14 mission.
Tomorrow's picture: Local Group Galaxy NGC 205
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