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[[Image:Mercuryatlas9.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Mercury-Atlas 9 on the launchpad.]]Started in 1958 and completed in 1963, '''Project Mercury''' was the [[United States]]' first [[human]]-in-[[Outer space|space]] program.  The objectives of the program, which made six manned flights from 1961 to 1963, were to orbit a manned spacecraft around [[Earth]], to investigate human ability to function in space, and to recover both man and spacecraft safely. Project Mercury was a success and led to [[Project Gemini]].
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== The Mercury Seven ==
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The '''Mercury Seven''' were the original seven [[astronauts]] designated to fly in Project Mercury.  They were M. Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper, [[John Glenn]], Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Walter "Wally" Schirra, [[Alan Shepard]], and Donald "Deke" Slayton.  Selected for their performance in the [[United_States_Air_Force|Air Force]], several of these pioneer astronauts (including Wally Schirra) flew in all NASA rocket spacecraft - from Mercury to [[Project Gemini|Gemini]] to [[Project Apollo|Apollo]].
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The successful mission of [[Apollo 11]] could not have been conducted without their efforts, for which one (Gus Grissom) gave his life in the [[Apollo 1]] tragedy, alongside fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee.
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== Mercury Missions ==
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{| class="wikitable"
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| Project Mercury Designation
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| Mission
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| Mission Date
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| Notes/Pilot name
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| Mercury-Jupiter
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| Test of Jupiter missile.
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| Cancelled
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| Little Joe 1
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| Test of launch escape system during flight.
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| August 21st, 1959
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| Big Joe 1
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| Test of heat shield and Atlas rocket.
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| September 9th, 1959
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| Little Joe 6
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| Test of Mercury capsule [[aerodynamics]] and stability.
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| October 4th, 1959
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| Little Joe 1A
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| Second test of launch escape system during flight.
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| November 4th, 1959
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| Little Joe 2
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| Carried a [[monkey]] 52.8 miles in altitude.
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| December 4th, 1959
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| Little Joe 1B
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| Carried a monkey 9.3 miles in altitude
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| January 21st, 1960
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| Beach Abort
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| Test of the Off-The-Pad abort system.
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| May 9th, 1960
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| Mercury-Atlas 1
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| First test flight of Mercury spacecraft and Atlas rocket.
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| July 29th, 1960
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| Little Joe 5
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| First flight of a standard Mercury capsule.
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| November 8th, 1960
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| Mercury-Redstone 1
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| First test flight of Mercury spacecraft and Redstone rocket. (Failure)
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| November 21st, 1960
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| The "Popped Cork" Incident
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| Mercury-Redstone 1A
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| First test flight of Mercury spacecraft and Redstone rocket.
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| December 19th, 1960
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| Mercury-Redstone 2
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| Carried a [[chimpanzee]] 129.8 miles in altitude.
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| January 31st, 1961
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| Mercury-Atlas 2
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| Second test flight of Mercury spacecraft and Atlas rocket.
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| February 21st, 1961
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| Little Joe 5A
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| Third test of the launch escape system.
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| March 18th, 1961
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| Mercury-Redstone BD
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| Redstone rocket upgrade test flight.
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| March 24th, 1961
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| Mercury-Atlas 3
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| Third test flight of Mercury spacecraft and Atlas rocket.
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| April 25th, 1961
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| Little Joe 5B
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| Fourth test of the launch escape system.
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| April 28th, 1961
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| Mercury-Atlas 4
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| First orbital spaceflight of Mercury spacecraft and Atlas rocket.
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| September 13th, 1961
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| Mercury-Scout 1
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| Test of Mercury tracking network. (Failure)
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| November 1st, 1961
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| Mercury-Redstone 3
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| Carried first American to make a suborbital flight into space.
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| May 5th, 1961
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| [[Alan Shepard]]
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| Mercury-Redstone 4
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| Carried second American to make a suborbital flight into space.
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| July 21st, 1961
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| [[Virgil I. Grissom]]
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| Mercury-Atlas 6
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| Carried first American to orbit the Earth.
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| February 20th, 1962
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| [[John Glenn]]
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| Mercury-Atlas 7
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| Manned spaceflight-3 orbits.
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| May 24th, 1962
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| [[Scott Carpenter]]
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| Mercury-Atlas 8
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| Manned spaceflight-6 orbits.
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| October 3rd, 1962
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| [[Walter Schirra]]
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| Mercury Atlas 9
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| Carried first American in space for over a day and last American to fly alone in Earth orbit.
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| May 15th-May 16th, 1963
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| [[Gordon Cooper]]
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| Mercury 10
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| 3 day manned spaceflight mission.
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| Cancelled
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[[Donald K. Slayton]] did not fly a Mercury mission. The flight surgeons grounded him for nearly a decade and a half after finding that he suffered from an occasional dysrhythmia of the [[heart]]. The other six astronauts then recommended to NASA administration that the astronaut corps should have a permanent chief, chosen among their number, and chose Slayton to fill that position. Slayton was the only chief that the astronaut corps ever had. He would finally fly the [[Apollo-Soyuz Test Project]] mission in 1975, the last mission flown with [[Project Apollo]] hardware.
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[[Category:Space Race]]
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Revision as of 13:55, 16 September 2011

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