Today in the sky: April 9, 1959: NASA introduces the ‘Mercury 7’ spacecraft.

On April 9, 1959, NASA introduced its first class of astronauts. This group of young people was known as Mercury 7 astronauts.

They were all military pilots before they were selected for the job, and they had all the “necessary equipment” to take on those difficult missions. But in a way, they became guinea pigs for NASA’s new human flight program, because they didn’t do much to fly in the Mercury spacecraft.

The seven Mercury observers (from left) are Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, Deke Slayton, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Gordon Cooper and Scott Carpenter. (Image: NASA)

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