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09/04/1959 America's first seven astronauts for project Mercury are announced

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Mercury 7 50th Anniversary

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Press Conference Introducing 7 Mercury Astronauts 1959 Part 1/3

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Press Conference Introducing 7 Mercury Astronauts 1959 Part 2/3

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Press Conference Introducing 7 Mercury Astronauts 1959 Part 3/3

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The NASA Astronauts of the Mercury Missions (720p)

They piloted the manned spaceflights of the Mercury program from May 1961 to May 1963. Members of the group flew on all classes of NASA manned orbital spacecraft of the 20th century. Gus Grissom died in 1967, in the Apollo 1 fire. The others all survived past retirement from service.
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