View Full Version : 50th Anniversary of NASA’s First Astronauts

2009-Apr-06, 10:50 PM
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the “Mercury Seven;” NASA’s first seven astronauts. On April 9, 1959 NASA held a press conference in Washington, DC to introduce the men — Gus Grissom, Alan Shephard, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton, John Glenn and Gordon Cooper. They would become household names in the [...]

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2009-Apr-06, 11:44 PM
Those names sure bring back memories. Along with the Russians all .... celebrities. None of the Americans reached the name recognition of Gagarin, but in the USA John Glenn comes the closest.

Way back there was a survey on name recognition...over 95% of Russians knew Gagarin was the first man in space. Less than half of Amercains could name Armstrong as the first man on the moon but over 80% knew that John Glenn was an astronaut. His nameis moreor less synonomous with 'astronaut'.

It would be interesting to know celebrity status of the Chinese astronauts in China. Perhaps kids there get the same thrill we did following Russian and American astronauts in the 1960's.

2009-Apr-07, 04:44 PM
While I have a great love of the Mercury program and am familiar with most of their names, their likenesses in that simulated press conference are downright unsettling.