24 Badass Historic Photos From The Early Days Of NASA

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The seven astronauts of NASA's Mercury program pose for a photo in 1960. From top left to bottom right: Walter M. Schirra, Deke Slayton, John Glenn Jr., M. Scott Carpenter, Alan B. Shepard Jr., Virgil I. Grissom, and Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr.


Rocket scientist Werner von Braun and President John F. Kennedy tour Cape Canaveral, Florida on November 16th, 1963.

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Ham, a chimpanzee astronaut that flew aboard the Mercury-Redstone 2 spacecraft, is greeted by Commander Ralph A. Brackett on the USS Donner, after being recovered from his flight at sea on January 31st, 1961.


A combo of four pictures showing Ham, the chimpanzee, during his space flight in 1961, taken by a 16mm camera that was trained on his face during the 155-mile high, 5,000 miles-an-hour ride.


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