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The Mercury 7 astronauts

The Mercury 7 astronauts

NASA first released this image of the seven Mercury astronauts on April 9, 1959. Front row, left to right: Walter M. Schirra, Jr. (1923-2007), Donald K. “Deke” Slayton (1924-1993), John H. Glenn, Jr. (1921- ), and M. Scott Carpenter (1925-2013); back row, Alan B. Shepard, Jr. (1923-1998), Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom (1926-1967), and L. Gordon Cooper, Jr. (1927-2004).

Glenn, a former U.S. senator who also flew on the space shuttle, is the only surviving member of the group.

Image courtesy NASA.

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