50th Anniversary of Project Mercury

On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space, making a brief suborbital mission that marked the first manned launch of… read more

On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space, making a brief suborbital mission that marked the first manned launch of Project Mercury. On the 50th anniversary of that mission, Roger Launius reconsidered the legacy of Project Mercury and America’s first astronauts, examining the origins of these first attempts to reach into space, the Cold War space race, and the meaning of Project Mercury half-century later. Mr. Launius showed many slides during his presentation, “The Right Stuff Revisited: Project Mercury 50 Years On,” and then responded to questions from members of the audience. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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  • Henry Fortunato Director Kansas City (MO) Public Library->Public Affairs
  • Roger D. Launius Senior Curator National Air and Space Museum->Space History Division

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50th Anniversary of Project Mercury

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Program ID:
299358-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
First Aired:
Jun 25, 2011
Last Aired:
Jun 27, 2011

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  • Jun 25, 2011 | 9:31am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 26, 2011 | 4:35pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 27, 2011 | 5:32am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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