“Ladies and gentlemen: Today we are introducing to you and to the world these seven men who have been selected to begin training for orbital space flight.
These men, the nation’s Project Mercury astronauts, are here after a long and perhaps unprecedented series of evaluations which told our medical consultants and scientists of their superb adaptability to their coming flight.”
April 9th, 1959: America officially gets into the space race with Project Mercury.
(L-R: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom,
Wally Shirra, Alan Shepard, Deke Slayton)
They were to be America’s first guides to the stars. The right stuff, indeed.