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Wally, Walt, and Whatshisname: The Three Heroes Who Set Apollo's Course for the Moon

Commander Wally Schirra (center) and crewmates Donn Eisele (left) and Walt Cunningham restored America’s confidence in the Apollo spacecraft and enabled NASA to put its bold plan for a voyage to lunar orbit in motion. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-five years ago today, on 22 October 1968, the future began. With the successful return of [...]

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: A View Inside

Photo Credit: J.L. Pickering / Retro Space Images

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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Five Astro-Dads Ready to Celebrate Father's Day Aboard the ISS

The Expedition 36 crew includes five dads who will undoubtedly chat to their children tomorrow. Photo Credit: NASA

As fathers across the world receive greetings cards and gifts of electronics, tools, gadgets, shirts, and aftershave tomorrow, spare a thought for five dads who will spend Father’s Day away from their children, aboard the International [...]

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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Retro Space Images: Mercury 7's Aurora

Photo of Chrysler artist Cece Bibby talking with Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter. Photo Credit: NASA

Mercury-Atlas 7 astronaut Scott Carpenter chats with Chrysler graphic artist Cece Bibby in the white room at Pad 14 in May 1962.  Bibby was putting the finishing touches on the Aurora 7 artwork painted on the side of Carpenter’s [...]

Americans in Orbit: The Flight of John Glenn (Part 2)

On 20 February 1962, John Glenn became the first of four Americans to ride a Mercury capsule atop the Atlas booster. Photo Credit: NASA

More than half a century ago, on 20 February 1962, America’s first citizen to orbit the Earth thundered into space atop an Atlas rocket. Inside a cone-shaped Mercury capsule—which his [...]

Americans in Orbit: The Flight of John Glenn (Part 1)

Blurred and somewhat lacking in detail, this image of John Glenn in orbit aboard Friendship 7 represents one of the United States’ greatest advances in space technology in the 20th century: the effort to achieve piloted orbital flight. Photo Credit: NASA

More than half a century has passed since the United States launched its [...]