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Grand Rounds Scenic Byway - Huge Lego Spaceship in the Mall of America

Grand Rounds Scenic Byway - Huge Lego Spaceship in the Mall of America

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Original Caption: A lego spaceman hovers in the air above mall walkers. Location: Location: Minnesota (44.854° N 93.243° W) Status: Public domain. Photo... more

STS-127 - LAUNCH

STS-127 - LAUNCH

Description: SEQUENTIAL STILL COVERAGE OF LIFTOFF. FRAME VEHICLE AND LAUNCHER PLUS ONE VEHICLE LENGTH. Item: DD083-39A Date Taken: 7/15/2009 Image Type: DIGITAL STILLS STS127 LAUNCH AND LANDING

STS-51 G Launch

STS-51 G Launch

(June 17, 1985) On June 17, 1985, Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-51 G mission launched on a Comsat deployment mission. It deployed three communication satellites. The mission lasted a little over seven days. ..I... more

Rendezvous Docking Simulator

Rendezvous Docking Simulator

(February 7, 1964) Multiple exposure of Rendezvous Docking Simulator. The Gemini spacecraft was supported in a gimbal system by an overhead crane and gantry arrangement which provided 6 degrees of freedom - rol... more

Astronaut Edward White Ready For Gemini IV Liftoff

Astronaut Edward White Ready For Gemini IV Liftoff

(June 3, 1965) Astronaut Edward H. White II, pilot for NASA's Gemini IV mission is shown in the crew's ready room at Launch Complex 16, suited and ready to ride the van to Launch Complex 19 for insertion in the... more

ASTRONAUT JAMES A. LOVELL, JR.

ASTRONAUT JAMES A. LOVELL, JR.

Astronaut James A. Lovell Jr., pilot for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Gemini-7 spaceflight, walks to the elevator at Pad 19 one hour and 40 minutes before launch of the spacecraft. Moments ... more

Launch Complex 39 Construction:  Launch Complex 39 LC-39 was originally designed and built to launch American astronauts toward the moon.  The complex stretches inland from the Atlantic Ocean across four miles of what, until 1963, was a land of intermittent marshes and sandy scrub growth.  In less than four years, starting with 1963 and ending with 1966, it was transformed into an operational spaceport embodying a mobile concept:  rockets and spacecraft are erected in one area and transported to a separate location for launch.  A total of 153 vehicles have been launched from LC-39.    Poster designed by Kennedy Space Center Graphics Department/Greg Lee. Credit: NASA KSC-2012-1860

Launch Complex 39 Construction: Launch Complex 39 LC-39 was originall...

Launch Complex 39 Construction: Launch Complex 39 LC-39 was originally designed and built to launch American astronauts toward the moon. The complex stretches inland from the Atlantic Ocean across four miles ... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In Orbiter Processing Facility-2 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, United Space Alliance technicians remove the main propulsion system tanks from space shuttle Endeavour’s mid-body. The tanks will be retained for possible future use on the agency’s Space Launch System Program.      The work is part of Endeavour’s transition and retirement processing. The spacecraft is being prepared for public display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Endeavour flew 25 missions, spent 299 days in space, orbited Earth 4,671 times and traveled 122, 883, 151 miles over the course of its 19-year career. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle. Photo credit: Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2012-1880

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In Orbiter Processing Facility-2 at NASA’s Ken...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In Orbiter Processing Facility-2 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, United Space Alliance technicians remove the main propulsion system tanks from space shuttle Endeavour’s mid-b... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers complete the mating of the two fairing segments around NASA's Kepler spacecraft for encapsulation. The fairing is a molded structure that fits flush with the outside surface of the rocket and forms an aerodynamically smooth nose cone, protecting the spacecraft during launch and ascent. The liftoff of Kepler aboard the Delta II rocket is currently targeted for launch in a window extending 10:49 to 10:52 p.m. EST March 6 from Pad 17-B. Kepler is designed to survey more than 100,000 stars in our galaxy to determine the number of sun-like stars that have Earth-size and larger planets, including those that lie in a star's "habitable zone," a region where liquid water, and perhaps life, could exist. If these Earth-size worlds do exist around stars like our sun, Kepler is expected to be the first to find them and the first to measure how common they are.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-2009-1890

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers complete the mating of the two fairing segments around NASA's Kepler spacecraft for encapsulation. The fairing i... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In Orbiter Processing Facility-2 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a United Space Alliance technician begins to move a cart containing one of the auxiliary power units that was removed from space shuttle Endeavour.     The work is part of Endeavour’s transition and retirement processing. The spacecraft is being prepared for public display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Endeavour flew 25 missions, spent 299 days in space, orbited Earth 4,671 times and traveled 122, 883, 151 miles over the course of its 19-year career. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2012-1890

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In Orbiter Processing Facility-2 at NASA’s Ken...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In Orbiter Processing Facility-2 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a United Space Alliance technician begins to move a cart containing one of the auxiliary power units that was ... more

1910:  At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 41/42 prime crewmembers Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (left), Elena Serova of Roscosmos (center) and NASA’s Barry Wilmore (right) listen to instructions from officials September 3 at the start of final qualification exams. They will launch September 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. Serova will become only the fourth Russian woman to fly in space and the first Russian woman to conduct a long duration mission on the station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e079010

1910: At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, ...

1910: At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 41/42 prime crewmembers Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (left), Elena Serova of Roscosmos (center) and ... more

Tête á Tête on the 968th Floor of a Skyscraper (Tête á Tête am Wolkenkratzer 968 Etage)

Tête á Tête on the 968th Floor of a Skyscraper (Tête á Tête am Wolkenk...

Moriz Jung (Austrian (born Czechoslovakia) Moravia 1885–1915 Manilowa (Carpathians))

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the second of two solid rocket boosters is raised from its transporter. The rocket will be lifted into the mobile service tower and installed on the right side of the Delta IV launch vehicle for the GOES-O spacecraft. GOES–O is one of a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites. The multi-mission GOES series N-P will be a vital contributor to weather, solar and space operations and science. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, are actively engaged in a cooperative program to expand the existing GOES system with the launch of the GOES N-P satellites. Launch of the GOES-O is targeted for no earlier than April 2009.    Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-2009-1914

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force St...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the second of two solid rocket boosters is raised from its transporter. The rocket will be lifted into the mobile service ... more

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Visitors to the Tico Air Show near NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida take time to learn about the work the agency is pursuing and plans for future exploration. Visitors to the NASA booth found out about the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program, the Launch Services Program and the Commercial Crew Program, all based at Kennedy. They could also see models of spacecraft and rockets including the Space Launch System, or SLS. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidokis KSC-2013-1914

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Visitors to the Tico Air Show near NASA's Kennedy S...

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Visitors to the Tico Air Show near NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida take time to learn about the work the agency is pursuing and plans for future exploration. Visitors to the NASA booth... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the second of two solid rocket boosters is lowered alongside the Delta IV launch vehicle for the GOES-O spacecraft.  It is being installed on the right side of the rocket.   GOES–O is one of a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites. The multi-mission GOES series N-P will be a vital contributor to weather, solar and space operations and science. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, are actively engaged in a cooperative program to expand the existing GOES system with the launch of the GOES N-P satellites. Launch of the GOES-O is targeted for no earlier than April 2009.    Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-2009-1919

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force St...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the second of two solid rocket boosters is lowered alongside the Delta IV launch vehicle for the GOES-O spacecraft. It is... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Technicians in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, prepare to jack crawler-transporter 2, or CT-2, four feet off the floor to facilitate removal of the roller bearing assemblies. After inspections, new assemblies will be installed.      The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program office at Kennedy is overseeing the upgrades to CT-2 so that it can carry NASA’s Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket and new Orion spacecraft to the launch pad. For more than 45 years the crawler-transporters were used to transport the mobile launcher platform and the Apollo-Saturn V rockets and, later, space shuttles to Launch Pads 39A and B. Photo credit: NASA/Charisse Nahser KSC-2013-1919

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Technicians in the Vehicle Assembly Building a...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Technicians in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, prepare to jack crawler-transporter 2, or CT-2, four feet off the floor to facilitate removal of t... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Technicians in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, are preparing to jack crawler-transporter 2, or CT-2, four feet off the floor to facilitate removal of the roller bearing assemblies. After inspections, new assemblies will be installed.      The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program office at Kennedy is overseeing the upgrades to CT-2 so that it can carry NASA’s Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket and new Orion spacecraft to the launch pad. For more than 45 years the crawler-transporters were used to transport the mobile launcher platform and the Apollo-Saturn V rockets and, later, space shuttles to Launch Pads 39A and B. Photo credit: NASA/Charisse Nahser KSC-2013-1920

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Technicians in the Vehicle Assembly Building a...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Technicians in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, are preparing to jack crawler-transporter 2, or CT-2, four feet off the floor to facilitate remova... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the second of two solid rocket boosters is being installed on the right side of the Delta IV launch vehicle for the GOES-O spacecraft. GOES–O is one of a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites. The multi-mission GOES series N-P will be a vital contributor to weather, solar and space operations and science. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, are actively engaged in a cooperative program to expand the existing GOES system with the launch of the GOES N-P satellites. Launch of the GOES-O is targeted for no earlier than April 2009.    Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-2009-1920

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force St...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the second of two solid rocket boosters is being installed on the right side of the Delta IV launch vehicle for the GOES-O... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Technicians in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, are jacking crawler-transporter 2, or CT-2, four feet off the floor to facilitate removal of the roller bearing assemblies. After inspections, new assemblies will be installed.      The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program office at Kennedy is overseeing the upgrades to CT-2 so that it can carry NASA’s Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket and new Orion spacecraft to the launch pad. For more than 45 years the crawler-transporters were used to transport the mobile launcher platform and the Apollo-Saturn V rockets and, later, space shuttles to Launch Pads 39A and B. Photo credit: NASA/Charisse Nahser KSC-2013-1930

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Technicians in the Vehicle Assembly Building a...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Technicians in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, are jacking crawler-transporter 2, or CT-2, four feet off the floor to facilitate removal of the r... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Jeremy Schwarz, left, quality assurance technician, and Mike Williams, right, a thermal protection system technician, both with United Space Alliance, apply adhesive to space shuttle Endeavour's right wing. The work is being done in preparation for tile bonding. Endeavour is inside Orbiter Processing Facility-2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.    Ongoing transition and retirement activities are preparing the spacecraft for public display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Endeavour flew 25 missions during its 19-year career. Photo credit: NASA/Cory Huston KSC-2012-1940

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Jeremy Schwarz, left, quality assurance technic...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Jeremy Schwarz, left, quality assurance technician, and Mike Williams, right, a thermal protection system technician, both with United Space Alliance, apply adhesive to space shuttle Ende... more

Sneak Craft

Sneak Craft

ARC Identifier 13092 / Local Identifier 80-MN-5132 - Department of the Navy. Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Naval Observatory. (1942 - 09/18/1947) - - Contains sound. - Copied by Liz Pruszko

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers disconnect shuttle Endeavour from its transport. An attached overhead crane will lift the spacecraft into a high bay where it will be attached to the waiting external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters.              Endeavour and its STS-134 crew will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier-3, Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a high-pressure gas tank, additional spare parts for Dextre and micrometeoroid debris shields to the International Space Station. Endeavour's final launch is targeted for April 19 at 7:48 p.m. EDT. For more information visit, http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts134/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-2011-1950

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Ken...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers disconnect shuttle Endeavour from its transport. An attached overhead crane will lift the spacecraft i... more

The First Redstone Rocket Firing

The First Redstone Rocket Firing

Full Description: (August 20, 1953) The first Redstone was fired at Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 20, 1953. Redstone was the first major rocket development program for United States by the Peenemuende group... more

Launch of the Gemini 5 spacecraft from Pad 19 at 9 a.m. Aug. 21, 1965.

Launch of the Gemini 5 spacecraft from Pad 19 at 9 a.m. Aug. 21, 1965.

S65-50774 (21 Aug. 1965) --- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched the Gemini-5 spacecraft from Pad 19 at 9 a.m. (EST) Aug. 21, 1965, on a planned eight-day orbital mission. Astronaut L. Go... more

Jupiter rocket - Early Rockets

Jupiter rocket - Early Rockets

The Jupiter rocket was designed and developed by the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA). ABMA launched the Jupiter-A at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on March 1, 1957. The Jupiter vehicle was a direct derivative o... more

Photograph of John Glenn in Space during Mercury-Atlas 6

Photograph of John Glenn in Space during Mercury-Atlas 6

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. - Astronaut John Glenn photographed in space by an automatic sequence motion picture camera. Glenn is in a state of weightlessness traveling at 17,500 MPH as these pictur... more

Pioneer I on the Launch Pad

Pioneer I on the Launch Pad

Thor-Able I with the Pioneer I spacecraft atop, prior to launch at Eastern Test Range at what is now Kennedy Space Center. Pioneer I launched on October 11, 1958, the first spacecraft launched by the 11 day old... more

Sam the Monkey After His Ride in the Little Joe 2 Spacecraft

Sam the Monkey After His Ride in the Little Joe 2 Spacecraft

(December 4, 1959) Sam, the Rhesus monkey, after his ride in the Little Joe-2 (LJ-2) spacecraft. A U.S. Navy destroyer safely recovered Sam after he experienced three minutes of weightlessness during the flight... more

Jerrie Cobb Poses beside Mercury Capsule

Jerrie Cobb Poses beside Mercury Capsule

Jerrie Cobb poses next to a Mercury spaceship capsule. Although she never flew in space, Cobb, along with twenty-four other women, underwent physical tests similar to those taken by the Mercury astronauts with ... more

Luna 1

Luna 1

Description: Luna 1 was the first spacecraft to reach the Moon, and the first of a series of Soviet automatic interplanetary stations successfully launched in the direction of the Moon. The spacecraft was spher... more

Little Joe Launch Vehicle

Little Joe Launch Vehicle

Launching of the Little Joe launch vehicle on November 4, 1959 took place at Wallops Island, Va. This was the first attempt to launch an instrumented capsule with a Little Joe booster. Only the LJ1A and the LJ6... more

Researcher Examines Pellets for Micrometeorite Impact Studies

Researcher Examines Pellets for Micrometeorite Impact Studies

A researcher at the NASA Lewis Research Center manipulates cartridge pellets and a strain gauge target as part of a study on the impact of micrometeorites striking space vehicles. Early in the space program NAS... more

Wernher von Braun during a visit to McDonnell Aircraft to inspect Mercury spacecraft manufacturing

Wernher von Braun during a visit to McDonnell Aircraft to inspect Merc...

In this undated photograph, Dr. von Braun is shown during a visit to McDonnell Aircraft to inspect Mercury spacecraft manufacturing.

Wernher von Braun views a demonstration of a simulated spacecraft

Wernher von Braun views a demonstration of a simulated spacecraft

Edward O. Buckbee, the first Director of the Alabama Space Science Center (left), and Dr. Wernher von Braun (right) view a demonstration of a simulated spacecraft which uses an actual hybrid rocket engine for l... more

Modell av vädersateliten "Nimbus".

Modell av vädersateliten "Nimbus".

Modell av vädersateliten "Nimbus".

Project Mercury Retro and Posigrade Package

Project Mercury Retro and Posigrade Package

The Retro and Posigrade Package for the Mercury spacecraft. This was used to de-orbit the spacecraft at the end of mission...Image # : C1960-54344

Project Mercury Retro and Posigrade Package

Project Mercury Retro and Posigrade Package

(September 16, 1960) The Retro and Posigrade Package for the Mercury spacecraft. This was used to de-orbit the spacecraft at the end of mission. ..Image # : C1960-54344

Liftoffs - Cape

Liftoffs - Cape

S61-01908 (5 May 1961) --- This is the launch of the Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) spacecraft from Cape Canaveral on a suborbital mission -- the first U.S. manned spaceflight. The spacecraft is already headed towar... more

Pilot Neil Armstrong in the X-15 #1 cockpit

Pilot Neil Armstrong in the X-15 #1 cockpit

Description (1961) NASA pilot Neil Armstrong is seen here in the cockpit of the X-15 ship #1 (56-6670) after a research flight. ..A U.S. Navy pilot in the Korean War who flew 78 combat missions in F9F-2 jet fig... more

Shepard Hoisted from Mercury Capsule

Shepard Hoisted from Mercury Capsule

A U.S. Marine helicopter recovery team hoists astronaut Alan Shepard from his Mercury spacecraft after a successful flight and splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean. On May 5th 1961, Alan B. Shepard Jr. became the f... more

Mercury Redstone 3 Launch

Mercury Redstone 3 Launch

(May 5, 1961) Launching of the Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3), or Freedom 7, spacecraft from Cape Canaveral on a suborbital mission -- the first U.S. manned spaceflight...Image #: jsc2007e046477

Little Joe 5B High-Q-Abort Test

Little Joe 5B High-Q-Abort Test

(April 28, 1961) "Little Joe" 5B launched a Mercury spacecraft in a high-Q-abort test. The ring-sail parachute lands the spacecraft off the shore of Wallops Island, Virginia. The Little Joe rocket booster was d... more

Jupiter-C, the first American Satellite, Explorer 1 launcher

Jupiter-C, the first American Satellite, Explorer 1 launcher

This is a comparison illustration of the Redstone, Jupiter-C, and Mercury Redstone launch vehicles. The Redstone ballistic missile was a high-accuracy, liquid-propelled, surface-to-surface missile. Originally d... more

Retrieval of Alan B. Shepard Jr.

Retrieval of Alan B. Shepard Jr.

(May 5, 1961) Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., pilot of the Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) suborbital spaceflight, is retrieved by a helicopter from the USS Lake Champlain during recovery operations in the western Atl... more

Dyna-Soar (Dynamic Soaring) vehicle - Early Program Development

Dyna-Soar (Dynamic Soaring) vehicle - Early Program Development

A Dyna-Soar (Dynamic Soaring) vehicle clears the launch tower atop an Air Force Titan II launch vehicle in this 1961 artist's concept. Originally conceived by the U.S. Air Force in 1957 as a marned, rocket-prop... more

Unloading Atlas Launch Vehicle

Unloading Atlas Launch Vehicle

(April 23, 1961) The Atlas launch vehicle is shown being unloaded at Cape Canaveral, Florida. This vehicle was expected to launch a Mercury spacecraft (without any astronauts aboard), built by McDonnell Aircraf... more

Mercury-Redstone 4 Launch

Mercury-Redstone 4 Launch

(July 21, 1961) On Jul 21, 1961, Mercury-Redstone 4 launched from Cape Canaveral, carrying Astronaut Gus Grissom and making him the second American to venture into outer space. Grissom nicknamed his spacecraft ... more

ASTRONAUT GRISSOM, VIRGIL I. - MERCURY SPACECRAFT - EGRESS TRAINING

ASTRONAUT GRISSOM, VIRGIL I. - MERCURY SPACECRAFT - EGRESS TRAINING

S61-03885 (26 April 1961) --- Astronaut Virgil I. (Gus) Grissom, wearing the new Mercury spacesuit, stands outside of a mock-up of the Mercury capsule on the deck of a ship taking him to emergency water egress ... more

Mercury-Atlas Test Launch

Mercury-Atlas Test Launch

(April 25, 1961) A NASA Project Mercury spacecraft was test launched at 11:15 AM EST on April 25, 1961 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in a test designed to qualify the Mercury Spacecraft and all systems, which m... more

Shepard With Freedom 7 Capsule

Shepard With Freedom 7 Capsule

(May 5, 1961) Alan B. Shepard, Jr., America's first astronaut, stands in front of the Freedom 7 spacecraft shortly after completion of the third flight of the Mercury-Redstone (MR-3) vehicle, May 5, 1961. Durin... more

Failed Attempt to Recover Liberty Bell 7

Failed Attempt to Recover Liberty Bell 7

(July 21, 1961) After the hatch "Liberty Bell 7" opened prematurely, gallons of seawater entered the spacecraft. A helicopter recovery team attempted to empty the water, as seen in this photo. Seconds after thi... more

LIFTOFF - MERCURY-REDSTONE (MR)-2 - CAPE

LIFTOFF - MERCURY-REDSTONE (MR)-2 - CAPE

S63-22731 (31 Jan. 1961) --- The launch of the Mercury-Redstone 2 (MR-2) suborbital mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Jan. 31, 1961. Onboard the spacecraft was ?Ham?, a 37-pound chimpanzee. Despite an ov... more

Recovery of the Little Joe 5A spacecraft

Recovery of the Little Joe 5A spacecraft

S61-01398 (18 March 1961) --- View of the recovery of the Little Joe-5A spacecraft which lifted off on March 18, 1961 from Wallops Island. The photo was taken from the recovery helicopter and shows the craft's ... more

LITTLE JOE 5B - SPACECRAFT #14 - CAPE

LITTLE JOE 5B - SPACECRAFT #14 - CAPE

S61-01690 (28 April 1961) --- View of the launch of the Little Joe-5B spacecraft from Wallops Island on April 28, 1961. Photo credit: NASA

Mercury Project - Freedom 7 spacecraft

Mercury Project - Freedom 7 spacecraft

Alan B. Shepard, Jr., America's first astronaut, stands in front of the Freedom 7 spacecraft shortly after completion of the third flight of the Mercury-Redstone (MR-3) vehicle, May 5, 1961. During the 15-minut... more

Astronaut Alan Shepard inspects his capsule on U.S. Champlain after recovery

Astronaut Alan Shepard inspects his capsule on U.S. Champlain after re...

S88-31384 (5 May 1961) --- Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) pilot, is pictured near his Freedom 7 capsule during a postflight inspection aboard the U.S. Navy Carrier Champlain after the... more

Astronaut Alan Shepard - U.S.S. Champlain - Post-Recovery Mercury Capsule

Astronaut Alan Shepard - U.S.S. Champlain - Post-Recovery Mercury Caps...

S61-02727 (5 May 1961) --- Astronaut Alan B. Shepard is seen on the deck of the USS Lake Champlain after the recovery of his Mercury capsule in the western Atlantic Ocean. Shepard and the Mercury spacecraft des... more

LIFTOFF - MERCURY-REDSTONE - (MR)-3 - "FREEDOM 7" - CAPE

LIFTOFF - MERCURY-REDSTONE - (MR)-3 - "FREEDOM 7" - CAPE

S61-01928 (5 May 1961) --- Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3), the United States' first manned spaceflight, is launched from Cape Canaveral on a suborbital mission. Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. was the pilot of the Mer... more

Astronaut Alan Shepard is rescued by helicopter at end of MR-3 flight

Astronaut Alan Shepard is rescued by helicopter at end of MR-3 flight

S88-31376 (5 May 1961) --- Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., pilot of the Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) suborbital spaceflight, is retrieved by a helicopter from the USS Lake Champlain during recovery operations in th... more

ASTRONAUT SHEPARD, ALAN - CAPE

ASTRONAUT SHEPARD, ALAN - CAPE

S61-01927 (5 May 1961) --- Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3), the United States' first manned spaceflight, is launched from Cape Canaveral on a suborbital mission. Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. was the pilot of the Mer... more

Mercury-Redstone 4 spacecraft launching

Mercury-Redstone 4 spacecraft launching

S61-03248 (21 July 1961) --- Mercury-Redstone 4 (MR-4) launch of Virgil I. Grissom on July 21, 1961, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo credit: NASA

Mercury Project - Liftoff of MR-4 (Mercury-Redstone)

Mercury Project - Liftoff of MR-4 (Mercury-Redstone)

Liftoff of MR-4 (Mercury-Redstone), Liberty Bell 7, on July 21, 1961. MR-4 mission was the second marned suborbital flight and carried Astronaut Virgil Grissom aboard the Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft in space for ... more

Attempted Recovery of Mercury spacecraft at end of MR-4 mission

Attempted Recovery of Mercury spacecraft at end of MR-4 mission

S61-02826 (21 July 1961) --- A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter attempts an unsuccessful recovery of the Mercury-Redstone 4 "Liberty Bell 7" spacecraft. The spacecraft hatch opened prematurely, and astronaut Virgil... more

Earth Observation - Mercury-Redstone (MR)-4 Flight

Earth Observation - Mercury-Redstone (MR)-4 Flight

S62-01287 (21 July 1961) --- Earth observation take during the Mercury-Redstone 4 (MR-4) spaceflight. Photo credit: NASA

Attempted Recovery of Mercury spacecraft at end of MR-4 mission

Attempted Recovery of Mercury spacecraft at end of MR-4 mission

S61-02824 (21 July 1961) --- A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter attempts an unsuccessful recovery of the Mercury-Redstone 4 "Liberty Bell 7" spacecraft. The spacecraft hatch opened prematurely, and astronaut Virgil... more

Attempted Recovery of Mercury spacecraft at end of MR-4 mission

Attempted Recovery of Mercury spacecraft at end of MR-4 mission

S61-02817 (21 July 1961) --- Attempted recovery of Mercury spacecraft at end of the Mercury-Redstone 4 (MR-4) mission. View shows the Marine helicopter pulled almost to the waters surface by the weight of the c... more

Photograph of a Marine Helicopter Towing the Liberty Bell 7 Spacecraft

Photograph of a Marine Helicopter Towing the Liberty Bell 7 Spacecraft

Original caption: Marine helicopter has hooked the Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft and appears to have it in tow. Minutes later it was released because of its being full of sea water after going under once. This was ... more

Attempted Recovery of Mercury spacecraft at end of MR-4 mission

Attempted Recovery of Mercury spacecraft at end of MR-4 mission

S61-02921 (21 July 1961) --- Attempted recovery of Mercury spacecraft at end of the Mercury-Redstone 4 (MR-4) mission. View shows the top of the capsule before it sinks beneath the waves. Photo credit: NASA

Attempted Recovery - Mercury Spacecraft - End - Mercury-Redstone (MR)-4 Mission

Attempted Recovery - Mercury Spacecraft - End - Mercury-Redstone (MR)-...

S61-02821 (21 July 1961) --- Attempted recovery of Mercury spacecraft at end of the Mercury-Redstone 4 (MR-4) mission. View shows the Marine helicopter dropping a recovery line to the capsule. In the upper left... more

Attempted Recovery - Mercury Spacecraft - End - Mercury-Redstone (MR)-4 Mission

Attempted Recovery - Mercury Spacecraft - End - Mercury-Redstone (MR)-...

S61-02820 (21 July 1961) --- Attempted recovery of Mercury spacecraft at end of the Mercury-Redstone 4 (MR-4) mission. View shows the Marine helicopter pulled almost to the waters surface by the weight of the c... more

Mercury-Redstone (MR)-4 - Spacecraft Launch - Cape

Mercury-Redstone (MR)-4 - Spacecraft Launch - Cape

S61-03121 (21 July 1961) --- Mercury-Redstone 4 (MR-4) launch of Virgil I. Grissom on July 21, 1961, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo credit: NASA

Interior of Vacuum Tank at the Electric Propulsion Laboratory

Interior of Vacuum Tank at the Electric Propulsion Laboratory

Interior of the 20-foot diameter vacuum tank at the NASA Lewis Research Center’s Electric Propulsion Laboratory. Lewis researchers had been studying different electric rocket propulsion methods since the mid-19... more

Photograph of the West African Coast from the First Unmanned Mercury Spacecraft

Photograph of the West African Coast from the First Unmanned Mercury S...

Original caption: The first unmanned Mercury Spacecraft to orbit the earth photographs the West African Coast. From the Strait of Gibraltar to Cabo Yubi, Morocco. Cloud cover hangs close to the coastal area an... more

View of Mercury Spacecraft instrument control panels

View of Mercury Spacecraft instrument control panels

S61-03257 (1961) --- View of Mercury spacecraft instrument control panels. Photo credit: NASA

Mariner 1 Launch

Mariner 1 Launch

(July 22, 1962) An Atlas-Agena 5 carrying the Mariner 1 spacecraft lifting off from Cape Kennedy Launch Complex 12. The Mariner spacecraft was scheduled to orbit Venus. ..Image # : 62PC-0065

Aerial view of the future site of the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, Tx

Aerial view of the future site of the Manned Spacecraft Center, Housto...

S62-08046 (1961) --- Aerial view of the future site of the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, Texas. NOTE: The Manned Spacecraft Center was named Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in memory of the late Preside... more

Gus Grissom & Milt Thompson With Paresev

Gus Grissom & Milt Thompson With Paresev

(October 17, 1962) The Paresev 1-A standing at Rogers Dry Lakebed at the NASA Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. Mercury Astronaut Gus Grissom is at left and NASA test pilot Milton Thompson is at righ... more

Mars 1

Mars 1

Description: (November 1, 1962) Mars 1 was an automatic interplanetary station launched in the direction of Mars, with the intent of flying by the planet at a distance of about 11,000 km. It was designed to ima... more

John Glenn With T.J. O'Malley and Paul Donnelly in Front of Friendship 7

John Glenn With T.J. O'Malley and Paul Donnelly in Front of Friendship...

(January 24, 1962) Grouped together with astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr., beside "Friendship 7" spacecraft are left to right: T.J. O'Malley, chief test conductor for General Dynamics; Glenn; and Paul Donnelly. ..I... more

Astronaut Walter Schirra - Assisted - Sigma "7" Spacecraft - Cape

Astronaut Walter Schirra - Assisted - Sigma "7" Spacecraft - Cape

S62-06002 (3 Oct. 1962) --- Astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr., pilot of the Mercury-Atlas 8 (MA-8) Earth-orbital spaceflight, is assisted by backup pilot L. Gordon Cooper into his Sigma 7 spacecraft for the begin... more

NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Astronauts Receiving Gelogical Training from NASA Geologists During a Field Trip to the Big Bend Area of West Texas
Mercury "Friendship 7" Spacecraft

Mercury "Friendship 7" Spacecraft

(February 20, 1962) Astronaut John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, enters the Mercury "Friendship 7" Spacecraft during prelaunch preparations. ..Image # : S62-00371

Photograph of Atlas and Friendship 7 Spacecraft

Photograph of Atlas and Friendship 7 Spacecraft

Original caption: Cape Canaveral, Fla. -- Low angle view of Atlas and Friendship 7 spacecraft between gantry equipment during prelaunch preparations. Committee Papers

Astronaut John Glenn inspects decal for side of his Mercury capsule

Astronaut John Glenn inspects decal for side of his Mercury capsule

S64-14854 (20 Feb. 1962) --- Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. and technicians inspect a decal ready for application to the side of his Mercury spacecraft prior to launch on Feb. 20, 1962. The decal reads "Friendship... more

Launch of the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission

Launch of the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission

S62-00954 (20 February 1962) --- This is a view of the Mercury-Atlas 6 spacecraft as it leaves the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Onboard the spacecraft is astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., pilot of the MA-... more

Closeup View - Astronaut John Glenn - Insertion - Mercury Capsule - Cape

Closeup View - Astronaut John Glenn - Insertion - Mercury Capsule - Ca...

S62-01004 (1962) --- Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., pilot of the Mercury Atlas 6 (MA-6) mission, participates in Mercury egress training during MA-6 preflight preparations. Glenn made the free world's first mann... more

Fish-eye view of Astronaut John Glenn insertion into the Mercury Spacecraft

Fish-eye view of Astronaut John Glenn insertion into the Mercury Space...

S62-00955 (February 1962) --- This is a view of John H. Glenn Jr. ingressing the Mercury-Atlas 6 spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA

View of Astronaut John Glenn insertion into the Mercury Spacecraft

View of Astronaut John Glenn insertion into the Mercury Spacecraft

S62-00957 (20 Feb. 1962) --- Project Mercury astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., enters the Friendship 7 spacecraft during the last part of the countdown on Feb. 20, 1962. At 9:47 a.m. (EST), the Atlas launch vehicle ... more

DOD Recovery personnel and NASA technicians inspect Friendship 7 spacecraft

DOD Recovery personnel and NASA technicians inspect Friendship 7 space...

S64-14861 (1962) --- Department of Defense (DOD) recovery personnel and spacecraft technicians from NASA and McDonnell Aircraft Corp., inspect astronaut John Glenn's Mercury spacecraft, Friendship 7, following ... more

Astronaut John Glenn, Jr. - Insertion - Mercury Spacecraft - Cape

Astronaut John Glenn, Jr. - Insertion - Mercury Spacecraft - Cape

S62-00371 (20 Feb. 1962) --- Mercury astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., pilot of the Mercury-Atlas 6 (MA-6) spaceflight, enters the Mercury "Friendship 7" spacecraft during the MA-6 prelaunch preparations at Cape Can... more

John H Glenn Jr.

John H Glenn Jr.

Project Mercury astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., enters the Friendship 7 spacecraft during the last part of the countdown on Feb. 20, 1962. At 9:47 a.m. EST, the Atlas launch vehicle lifted the spacecraft into orbi... more

Mercury-Atlas 6 "Friendship 7" spacecraft is retrieved from the Atlantic Ocean

Mercury-Atlas 6 "Friendship 7" spacecraft is retrieved from the Atlant...

S62-00941 (20 Feb. 1962) --- The Mercury-Atlas 6 (MA-6) "Friendship 7" spacecraft is retrieved from the Atlantic Ocean following astronaut John H. Glenn Jr.'s three-orbit space mission. In this view, the capsul... more

Photograph of Flight Name being Painted onto Spacecraft Aurora 7

Photograph of Flight Name being Painted onto Spacecraft Aurora 7

Original caption: Cape Canaveral, Fla. Miss Cece Bibby, Chrysler Corp employee, paints name Aurora 7 on Project Mercury spacecraft for second manned orbital flight while Mission Pilot M. Scott Carpenter looks o... more

Photograph of Liftoff of Aurora 7 Spacecraft

Photograph of Liftoff of Aurora 7 Spacecraft

Original caption: Cape Canaveral, Fla. - Moment of liftoff. Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter inside the Aurora 7 spacecraft atop the Atlas booster seconds after leaving Pad 14 at Cape Canaveral. Carpenter became th... more

INSERTION - ASTRONAUT CARPENTER - MERCURY-ATLAS (MA)-7 - CAPE

INSERTION - ASTRONAUT CARPENTER - MERCURY-ATLAS (MA)-7 - CAPE

S62-02846 (24 May 1962) --- Project Mercury astronaut M. Scott Carpenter, prime pilot for the Mercury-Atlas 7 (MA-7) mission, is assisted into the MA-7 spacecraft by techicians at Launch Pad 14, Cape Canaveral,... more

Photograph of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter Putting on Space Helmet Prior to Aurora 7 Launch

Photograph of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter Putting on Space Helme...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Project Mercury Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter puts on space helmet prior to entering his Aurora 7 spacecraft at Cape Canaveral. Astronaut Carpenter became the second Ameri... more

Photograph of Astronaut Scott Carpenter Looking inside his Aurora 7 Spacecraft prior to Launch

Photograph of Astronaut Scott Carpenter Looking inside his Aurora 7 Sp...

Original caption: Cape Canaveral, Fla.: Astronaut Scott Carpenter looks inside Aurora 7 spacecraft prior to insertion. McDonneld and NASA capsule technicians along with Astronauts Wall Schirra and John Glenn wa... more

Photograph of the USS Robinson Moving into Position to Recover Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter and Aurora 7

Photograph of the USS Robinson Moving into Position to Recover Astrona...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - The USS Robinson (DD 562) steams into position in the Atlantic Ocean to take part in the recovery of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter and spacecraft Aurora7. The U.S. second ... more

Photograph of Mercury Spacecraft Aurora 7 Floating in the Atlantic during Recovery Operations

Photograph of Mercury Spacecraft Aurora 7 Floating in the Atlantic dur...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - The Mercury spacecraft, Aurora 7, is shown floating in the Atlantic during recovery operations following its orbital flight. A scuba dicer is shown on the flotation collar. Co... more