The Mercury monument, honoring the original seven astronauts, is shown here at sunrise at Pad 14 in December, 1964. Photo Credit: NASA.
The Mercury Monument stands outside of Complex 14 was dedicated on this day 49 years ago. The monument shows the number 7 (in honor of the “Original Seven” astronauts) inside of the astronomical symbol for the planet Mercury. Underneath the slab is a time capsule that contains artifacts related to Project Mercury, including photos, film footage, capsule blueprints, and even John Glenn’s Marine Corps pilot’s wings. It was dedicated on November 10, 1964 and is scheduled to be opened 500 years later in 2464. Only 451 years to go! Maybe Captain Kirk can do the reveal. All photos credit: NASA except where noted.
At Cape Canaveral Air Station, members of the 1998 astronaut candidate class (Group 17) pose in front of the Project Mercury monument at Launch Complex 14 during a tour of the station’s facilities. This 13-foot-high astronomical symbol for the planet Mercury was constructed by General Dynamics, the Atlas airframe contractor, and dedicated in 1964 in honor of those who flew in the Mercury 7 capsule. The class is at Kennedy Space Center taking part in training activities, including a flight awareness program, as well as touring the OPF, VAB, SSPF, SSME Processing Facility, launch pads, SLF, Apollo/Saturn V Center, and the crew quarters. The U.S. candidates in the ’98 class are Clayton C. Anderson, Lee J. Archambault, Tracy E. Caldwell (Ph.D.), Gregory E. Chamitoff (Ph.D.), Timothy J. Creamer, Christopher J. Ferguson, Michael J. Foreman, Michael E. Fossum, Kenneth T. Ham, Patricia C. Hilliard (M.D.), Gregory C. Johnson, Gregory H. Johnson, Stanley G. Love (Ph.D.), Leland D. Melvin, Barbara R. Morgan, William A. Oefelein, John D. Olivas (Ph.D.), Nicholas J.M. Patrick (Ph.D.), Alan G. Poindexter, Garrett E. Reisman (Ph.D.), Steven R. Swanson, Douglas H. Wheelock, Sunita L. Williams, Neil W. Woodward III, George D. Zamka; and the international candidates are Leopold Eyharts, Paolo Nespoli, Hans Schlegel, Roberto Vittori, Bjarni V. Tryggvason, and Marcos Pontes
Photo Credit: Air Force Space And Missile HIstory Center
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