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From ancient astronomers to fantasy authors to modern-day scientists, visionaries dreamed for centuries about travel beyond Earth into outer space. On a spring day in 1959, America's fledgling space agency introduced seven military test pilots who would turn the stuff of science fiction into the "right stuff," launching the nation into the future.
As the second American to orbit the Earth and one of the "Original 7" Mercury astronauts, Scott Carpenter was one of the icons of NASA's early efforts to explore the new frontier of space.
Malcolm Scott Carpenter, one of the original seven astronauts to go into space, has died at the age of 88. His death leaves John H. Glen Jr. as the sole surviving member of NASA’s first class of astronauts.
NASA's Glenn Research Center will host an event on March 2 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of John Glenn's orbital flight, the first by an American.
On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth aboard Friendship 7. Now, 50 years later, we look back at that moment with admiration at what roads that mission was able to pave for our nation.
In celebration of 50 years of Americans in orbit, NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will host several events Feb. 17 and 18 that will air live on NASA Television.
On Monday July 18, NASA commemorated the 90th birthday of astronaut John Glenn.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued this statement Thursday, May 5, about the 50th anniversary of United States human spaceflight.
The US Postal Service unveiled a stamp on Wednesday that honored Alan Shepard, the first American to orbit the Earth.
Gordon Cooper was an American engineer and astronaut, and was the first American to sleep in orbit. He was born Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. on March 6, 1927 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the second highest rank of Life Scout. He attended the University of Hawaii and completed three years of coursework before he received an Army commission. Cooper met his first wife Trudy and married her in 1947. Together they had two children, Camala and Janita....
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