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1959: Astronauts on the Project Mercury mission — the first human spaceflight mission ever. We were working on beating the Russians then. | Take A Look Inside NASA In The '50s

Take A Look Inside NASA In The '50s

Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., makes his way from the elevator to the cleanroom atop the service tower where he'll be inserted into his Mercury space capsule nicknamed "Freedom 7." (Great Images in NASA)

Astronaut Alan B., makes his way from the elevator to the cleanroom atop the service tower where he'll be inserted into his Mercury space capsule nicknamed "Freedom (Great Images in NASA)

NASA Mercury Space Program - These 3 were chosen to complete the first Mercury Flights. Glenn (1st American to Orbit Earth), Grissom and Shepherd (1st American in Space)

NASA Mercury Space Program - These 3 were chosen to complete the first Mercury Flights. Glenn American to Orbit Earth), Grissom and Shepherd American in Space) ~ETS

John Young and Michael Collins - Gemini 10 - endearingly awkward studio portrait

Gemini 10 crew members John Young and Michael Collins Gallery: Great NASA Publicity Photos Since the Sixties -

A Project Mercury astronaut looks over his spacesuit.

A Project Mercury astronaut looks over his spacesuit.

The Golden Age of NASA Infographic

The Golden Age of NASA Infographic shared by Dec 2014 in Science Every US space mission from Mercury to Apollo-Soyuz with astronauts color-coded by selection group.

Astronaut Alan Shepard, Jr., poses in the Mercury space craft at Cape Canaveral in 1961. Shepard, the first American to fly in space and one of only 12 Americans to walk on the moon.

, poses in the Mercury space craft at Cape Canaveral in Shepard, the first American to fly in space and one of only 12 Americans to walk on the moon. My dad helped design it!

Nasa History & Science — John Glenn

In In this February 1963 file photo, astronaut John Glenn sits with models of the Mercury spacecraft atop its launch rocket and a lunar module, representing the past and the future of space exploration as he talks about the first anniversary of

Did you know Peggy Whitson was the first woman to command the International Space Station? (photo: NASA)

March is the annual celebration of National Women's History Month. In this image from Jan. Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station, participates in a seven hour, ten minute spacewalk.

Original 1963 8" x 10" Photo of Mercury Astronaut Gordon Cooper in Space Suit

Original 1963 8" x 10" Photo of Mercury Astronaut Gordon Cooper in Space Suit

Original 1963 x Photo of Mercury 7 Astronaut Gordon Cooper in Space Suit prior to his Mercury-Atlas 9 Mission Photograph is in very good condition with f

Neil Armstrong

humanoidhistory: “ March 1966 – Astronaut Neil Armstrong suits up for his Gemini 8 flight.

Magnificent Seven: LIFE With America’s Mercury Astronauts | LIFE.com

Project Mercury astronauts pose in new pressure suits at Virginia's Langley Air Force Base, (Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) See more:

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