Press Conference Introducing 7 Mercury Astronauts 1959 Part 1/3
Less than a year after NASA’s birth, the agency introduced its first astronaut class, the Mercury Seven, 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. Six of the Original Seven flew Mercury mission; Deke Slayton was grounded by a medical problem but later flew on the Apollo-Soyuz flight.
The Mercury flights proved that humans could live and work in space, and paved the way for the Gemini and Apollo programs as well as for all further human spaceflight.
For the transcript of the conference, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/50th_announcement/mercury_press_conference.pdf
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2w8cWFE1Lk
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ_FHy6nGXA