Project Mercury Early Test Flights: 1959–1961


This record of the careful rocky road to putting a man in orbit puts those SpacEx failures with Starship into context. Doing something complicated that has not been done before is tough!

And I have to add – the problem with the windowed hatch on Freedom 7 brings back memories of that magnificent scene in the movie “The Right Stuff” when Gus Grisson expressed his displeasure with the lack of a window in the capsule. So good!

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