Mercury 7 Astronauts Presentation – Carpenter, Cooper, Glenn, Grissom, Schirra, Shepard, Slayton
Reconstruction of the full Mercury 7 astronauts presentation on April 9, 1959. Selection and early training footage is shown for segments were there’s no press conference coverage. The audio is presented uncut (as far as possible from the NASA original sound recording) and very clear.
Press conference footage comes from a NASA TV video, already cropped to 16:9 and out of sequence. Here the original press conference sequence is restored, with segments matched to audio as best as possible.
Research, cleanup, editing and processing by Retro Space HD.
The Mercury Seven were the group of seven astronauts selected to fly spacecraft for Project Mercury. They are also referred to as the Original Seven and Astronaut Group 1. Their names were publicly announced by NASA on April 9, 1959. These seven original American astronauts were Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton. The Mercury Seven created a new profession in the United States, and established the image of the American astronaut for decades to come.
All of the Mercury Seven eventually flew in space. They piloted the six spaceflights of the Mercury program that had an astronaut on board from May 1961 to May 1963, and members of the group flew on all of the NASA human spaceflight programs of the 20th century—Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and the Space Shuttle. Shepard became the first American to enter space in 1961, and later walked on the Moon on Apollo 14 in 1971. Grissom flew Mercury and Gemini missions, but died in 1967 in the Apollo 1 fire; the others all survived past retirement from service. Schirra flew Apollo 7, the first crewed Apollo mission, in Grissom’s place. Slayton, grounded with an atrial fibrillation, ultimately flew on the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project in 1975.
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