Sunday, February 13, 2011

February 13

Astronaut Deke Slayton before, during, and after an unexpected dip in the Cocoa Beach Holiday Inn pool, 1961.
(Photo: Ralph Morse)

February 12

Posing for a picture after the flight of Ham are, from left: Robert Gilruth, Charlie Donlan (I think), Wernher von Braun, Walter Williams, Scott Carpenter, and Kurt Debus. 
(Photo: Ralph Morse)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

February 9

Gemini 9A astronauts Gene Cernan and Tom Stafford reenact their spaceflight, 1966.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February 8

Astronaut Jack Swigert relaxes on his purple shag chaise longue, 1970.
(Photo: Ralph Morse)

Monday, February 7, 2011

February 7

Astronaut Wally Schirra shortly after being chosen for Project Mercury, 1959.
(Photo: Carl Mydans)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

February 5

An alternate take of the famous Mercury Seven spacesuit shot. The biggest differences between this one and the famous version are probably the expressions of Alan Shepard (back row, left) and John Glenn (front row, second from left). 

These group shots are rare and very valuable: According to many space historians, only one picture exists of the Original 7 in their spacesuits together. The above photo - and several more that I'll be posting in the near future - prove them wrong. 

Front row, L-R: Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter. Back row, L-R: Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Gordo Cooper.

(Photo: Ralph Morse)

Friday, February 4, 2011

February 4, Photoset Friday: German Rocket Scientists in El Paso

This week's Photoset Friday is a gem. Shot by Thomas McAvoy in 1946, it is entitled "German Scientist, El Paso." It follows around the Operation Paperclip rocket scientists from Germany and chronicles their new life in America. Among other things, they bowl and eat in the cafeteria.

And of course, there is the titular German scientist, pictured above. Can you guess who he is?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

February 3

NASA Public Affairs Officer Shorty Powers investigates the Friendship 7 spacecraft at Grand Turk Island, February 1962. The spacecraft - along with its pilot, John Glenn - had just flown the first manned American orbital mission.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February 1

Wernher von Braun on the phone at home - Huntsville, Alabama, 1957.
(Photo: Walter Sanders)