'The Right Man': Remembering Gordon Cooper's Faith 7 Mission (Part 2)

Faith 7 descends to a splashdown on 16 May 1963, after Project Mercury’s longest mission of 34 hours. Photo Credit: NASA

Early on 14 May 1963, a hotshot pilot lay on his back in a tiny capsule, atop a converted ballistic missile, and steeled himself to be blasted into space. On Project Mercury’s final […]

'How About Now?' Remembering Gordon Cooper's Faith 7 Mission (Part 1)

Gordon Cooper is extracted from the Faith 7 capsule, on the deck of the USS Kearsarge on 16 May 1963. The astronaut’s 34-hour, 22-orbit mission proved as colorful as Cooper himself. Photo Credit: NASA

More than a half-century ago, on 15 May 1963, America launched astronaut Gordon Cooper on its longest manned space mission […]

A Man Who Inspired: The Life and Legend of Scott Carpenter (1925-2013)

Chrysler artist Cece Bibby chats with Scott Carpenter, after stencilling the name “Aurora 7″ onto his spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA

Yesterday’s tragic passing of Scott Carpenter—one of America’s “Original Seven” Mercury astronauts and the nation’s second man to orbit Earth—following a recent stroke has deprived the world of yet another pioneer from the early […]

One of America's First Astronauts, Scott Carpenter, Dies at Age 88

NASA astronaut Scott Carpenter during a suiting exercise in 1962. Photo Credit: NASA

One of America’s first NASA astronauts, Scott Carpenter, has died at age 88 from complications related to a stroke he suffered one month ago. The former Naval aviator and aquanaut, and one of NASA’s original seven Mercury astronauts, passed away today at a hospice […]

Retro Space Images: Hoping for a Launch

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Zooming In: Photographers perched near Complex 17 have Alan Shepard’s Redstone rocket at Complex 5 in their viewfinders. A classic Chevrolet station wagon sits in the foreground. The attempted launch of the first American in space was scrubbed on this morning of May 2, 1961. The nation […]

Smithsonian Opens New Exhibit: 'Suited for Space'

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum held an event detailing the evolution of spacesuits entitled “Suited for Space.” Photo Credit: The Smithsonian Institute

WASHINGTON, DC — A new exhibit, dubbed “Suited for Space,” opened to the public Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. It’s organized by the Smithsonian […]

Retro Space Images: A View Inside

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Take a Peek — Visitors to the Kennedy Space Center inspect a mock-up of the Mercury spacecraft in this photo from 1970. Photo by J.L. Pickering.

 

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Retro Space Images: Footsteps Into History

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First Steps — Astronaut Alan Shepard is accompanied by fellow astronaut Gus Grissom at Pad 5 as he moves toward the Freedom 7  spacecraft on May 5, 1961.

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Book Review: 'The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story' by Lily Koppel

The cover of Lily Koppel’s ‘The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story’ shows the brave Mercury Seven wives in an iconic LIFE magazine photo from 1959. Image credit: Grand Central Publishing.

Lily Koppel’s The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story will be released Tuesday, June 11, by Grand Central Publishing. It illuminates the victorious […]

Retro Space Images: Carpenter Returns

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Project Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter relaxes aboard the recovery helicopter following his 5-hour trip aboard the Aurora 7  spacecraft. Carpenter became the second American to orbit the earth on May 24, 1962. Recovery took a bit longer than planned after Carpenter overshot the planned landing target by 290 miles.

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