40th anniversary of the mercury 7

Photo Gallery

First Astronaut Team

7 in suits

Project Mercury Astronauts, whose selection was announced on April 9, 1959, only six months after the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was formally established on October 1, 1958: (front row, left to right) Walter M. Schirra, Jr.; Donald K. “Deke” Slayton; John H. Glenn, Jr.; and Scott Carpenter; (back row, left to right) Alan B. Shepard, Jr.; Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom; and L. Gordon Cooper.