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.
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?
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.