Take the Project Mercury Quiz!

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Welcome to our Friday quiz! Since we’ve been featuring Project Mercury all week, we’ll continue with a quiz on: Project Mercury. This quiz will be available, but prize eligibility will end on Sunday at midnight US EDT. This quiz, one prize: (drawn from the high scores): One copy of our Freedom 7 set. (If you already have this set I will make a substitution) Since we’re offering … Read More

“That’s a real fireball outside.” But just how much?

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Every spacecraft that achieves orbital velocity must somehow give up that velocity to return to Earth. For Mercury, this meant paying off the energy into an ablative heat shield, a protective covering on the blunt end of the spacecraft designed to “ablate,” or burn off slowly, protecting the spacecraft within. After entry, Mercury detached its heat shield, which would deploy … Read More

Getting out of Mercury… through the top!

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Today’s Mercury feature examines a method of egress always planned but only used once – getting out of the Mercury spacecraft through the top. The explosive side hatch on Mercury is well known, and the normal method of egress at the end of the Mercury missions became the side hatch. Shepard squeezed out of the hatch after the spacecraft had been … Read More

Are you a Turtle?

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The Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles began in World War II among pilots. Legend traces the order to the 8th Air Force in England, among pilots flying daytime bombing missions over Germany. The Turtle Creed: “Turtles are bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, fearless and unafraid folk with a fighter pilot attitude. They think clean, have fun a lot, and recognize the fact … Read More