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MERCURY 7 ASTRONAUTS POSED FOR GROUP PHOTO 50 YEARS AGO!

December 3, 2012


MERCURY 7 ASTRONAUTS POSED FOR GROUP PHOTO 50 YEARS AGO!

 

Akron, Ohio (JFK+50) On December 3, 1962, 50 years ago to the day, seven American astronauts posed for a group photograph dressed in their space suits here at the headquarters of B.F. Goodrich Corporation located in Akron, Ohio.*


B.F. Goodrich, no longer in existence, was the manufacturer of the space suits worn by the so called ‘Mercury 7’ & other American astronauts.

 

Each space suit weighed 20 pounds & was composed of 1600 individual pieces.


According to the John F. Kennedy Library, this “was the only occasion that all 7 appeared together in the suits.”


The requirements for acceptance in the astronaut program included…


*under 40 years of age

*undergraduate college degree

*maximum of 5’11” in height

*maximum of 180 pounds in weight

*1500 flying hours

*qualified to fly jet aircraft


All 7 of the original Mercury astronauts were rated with IQs at the genius level & members from the group would be represented in the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo & Shuttle programs.


All 7 were military men.  3 from the USAF, 3 from the US NAVY & 1 from the USMC.


They were selected on April 9, 1959 & were introduced publicly the following day.


The ‘Mercury 7’ included:


Walter M. Schirra, Jr.

Donald K. “Deke” Slayton

John H. Glenn, Jr.

M. Scott Carpenter


Alan B. Shepard, Jr.

Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom

L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.**


*The photo caption from the JFK Library says that the photo was made at B.F. Goodrich.  JFK+50 is assuming the pic was made at the corporate HQ in Akron.  Please let us know if you have information that contradicts this.


**The astronauts are positioned in the photograph as follows.  1st 4 in Row 1 L to R, last 3 in Row 2 L to R.

 

Mercury 7, BF Goodrich Headquarters, Dec 3, 1962, NASA/JFK Library Photo

 

                     

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