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Artist:
Flip Schulke, 24 Jun 1930 - 15 May 2008  Search this
Sitter:
Malcolm Scott Carpenter, 1 May 1925 - 10 Oct 2013  Search this
Walter Marty Schirra, Jr., 12 Mar 1923 - 3 May 2007  Search this
Virgil Grissom, 3 Apr 1926 - 27 Jan 1967  Search this
Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr., 18 Nov 1923 - 21 Jul 1998  Search this
Unidentified Man  Search this
John Herschel Glenn, Jr., 18 Jul 1921 - 8 Dec 2016  Search this
Donald Slayton, 1 Mar 1924 - 13 Jun 1993  Search this
L. Gordon Cooper Jr., 6 Mar 1927 - 4 Oct 2004  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Mount: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28")
Image/Sheet: 21.7 × 33.5 cm (8 9/16 × 13 3/16")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\Florida\Brevard\Cape Canaveral
Date:
1961
Exhibition Label:
When NASA opened its doors on October 1, 1958, one of its first tasks was to develop selection criteria for the first U.S. astronauts. Though the organization was ready to consider civilians, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared that astronauts were to be chosen only from the nation’s active-duty test pilots. In 1959, NASA introduced the seven Project Mercury astronauts. Known as the Mercury Seven, they included (standing, from left to right): Alan Shepard (1923–1998), Walter Schirra (1923–2007), Virgil “Gus” Grissom (1926–1967), Scott Carpenter (1925–2013), John Glenn (1921–2016), Donald “Deke” Slayton (1924–1993), and Gordon Cooper (1927–2004). Flip Schulke photographed the group in 1961, as they gathered around a monitor displaying a gantry at Cape Canaveral, Florida. In May of that same year, Shepard became the first American in space, and several months later, Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth.
Una de las primeras tareas de la NASA, establecida el 1 de octubre de 1958, fue crear criterios de selección para los primeros astronautas estadounidenses. Aunque la agencia estaba dispuesta a considerar civiles, el presidente Dwight D. Eisenhower dijo que debían ser pilotos de prueba en servicio activo. En 1959 la NASA presentó a los siete astronautas del Proyecto Mercury. Conocidos como “los siete del Mercury”, eran (de pie, desde la izquierda): Alan Shepard (1923–1998), Walter Schirra (1923–2007), Virgil “Gus” Grissom (1926–1967), Scott Carpenter (1925–2013), John Glenn (1921–2016), Donald “Deke” Slayton (1924–1993) y Gordon Cooper (1927–2004). Flip Schulke los fotografió en 1961, reunidos en torno a un monitor donde se ve una grúa en Cabo Cañaveral, Florida. En mayo de ese año Shepard se convirtió en el primer estadounidense que llegó al espacio, y meses después Glenn fue su primer compatriota en orbitar la tierra.
Topic:
Baggage & Luggage\Briefcase  Search this
Printed Material\Map  Search this
Home Furnishings\Telephone  Search this
Vehicle\Spacecraft\Rocket  Search this
Unidentified Man: Male  Search this
Walter Marty Schirra, Jr.: Male  Search this
Walter Marty Schirra, Jr.: Business and Finance\Businessperson  Search this
Walter Marty Schirra, Jr.: Science and Technology\Engineer  Search this
Walter Marty Schirra, Jr.: Science and Technology\Scientist\Astronaut  Search this
Walter Marty Schirra, Jr.: Military\Navy\Pilot  Search this
Walter Marty Schirra, Jr.: Science and Technology\Engineer\Aeronautical  Search this
Walter Marty Schirra, Jr.: Military\Navy\Officer\Captain  Search this
Malcolm Scott Carpenter: Male  Search this
Malcolm Scott Carpenter: Military\Navy\Officer  Search this
Malcolm Scott Carpenter: Literature\Writer\Novelist  Search this
Malcolm Scott Carpenter: Science and Technology\Scientist\Astronaut  Search this
Malcolm Scott Carpenter: Military\Navy\Pilot  Search this
Malcolm Scott Carpenter: Natural Resources\Explorer\Ocean Explorer  Search this
L. Gordon Cooper Jr.: Male  Search this
L. Gordon Cooper Jr.: Science and Technology\Scientist\Astronaut  Search this
L. Gordon Cooper Jr.: Military\Air Force\Officer\Pilot  Search this
Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr.: Male  Search this
Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr.: Business and Finance\Businessperson  Search this
Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr.: Science and Technology\Scientist\Astronaut  Search this
Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr.: Military\Navy\Officer\Rear Admiral  Search this
Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr.: Military\Navy\Pilot  Search this
John Herschel Glenn, Jr.: Male  Search this
John Herschel Glenn, Jr.: Politics and Government\US Senator\Ohio  Search this
John Herschel Glenn, Jr.: Science and Technology\Scientist\Astronaut  Search this
John Herschel Glenn, Jr.: Military\Marine Corps\Officer\Pilot  Search this
John Herschel Glenn, Jr.: Military\Marine Corps  Search this
John Herschel Glenn, Jr.: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
John Herschel Glenn, Jr.: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Virgil Grissom: Male  Search this
Virgil Grissom: Science and Technology\Scientist\Astronaut  Search this
Virgil Grissom: Military\Air Force\Officer\Pilot  Search this
Donald Slayton: Male  Search this
Donald Slayton: Science and Technology\Scientist\Astronaut  Search this
Donald Slayton: Military\Air Force\Officer\Pilot  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.99.163
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
©Flip Schulke Archives
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4f010028f-8adb-4c77-b21b-1e2a8ba189b7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.99.163