Rene Carpenter watches her husband Scott launch into space aboard Aurora 7, 5/24/62.
Gus Grissom and John Glenn wait in Mercury Control for word of Scott Carpenter’s splashdown, 5/24/62.
Astronaut Scott Carpenter explains a phase of his Aurora 7 flight to Astronaut John Glenn on May 24, 1962. Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth and Carpenter was the second. Glenn and Carpenter are the last surviving members of Mercury Seven, the first group of American astronauts. This photograph was submitted to the Senate Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences.
Photograph of Astronaut Scott Carpenter explaining Phases of his Flight to Astronaut John Glenn, 5/24/1962, Records of the U.S. Senate
Someone looks very pleased with his going-away present from his squadronmates.
I’ve spent countless hours trying to read the little articles they’ve written (some of them are just scribbles, but they went to the effort of actually writing entire stories for some of the headlines), and so far I’ve been able to decipher the “Motel Changes Hands” article in the bottom left corner (actual quote: “What NASA doesn’t know won’t hurt ‘em,”) and some of the center column articles.
What I REALLY want to be able to read better, though, is the article in the top right, “John Young Gives Up Girls for the Moon - Why Not?” So far, all I’ve been able to get is:
- “LTCDR J.W. Young, one of the nation’s newest [something something] astronauts,”
- “I can’t [something something] have a round trip to the moon!”
- “What [something something] I am a wallflower?”
- The very last line says “that we don’t [something] green cheese.” which I can only assume is a reference to the moon.
I want to know what they meant by that article (John being married at the time, one would think he’d given up girls quite a while ago, but I kind of love the idea that he didn’t) and what the rest of it says.
I want to know more about the epic John Young/S.I. Cohen Twist Battle.
You think they’re related?
When I saw this picture for the first time, I made this exact same face. How dang cute is this?
Manned Flight Awareness poster, 1972.
They’ve made Charlie look like the Fred Astaire stop-motion narrator character from Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. TK looks vaguely reptilian.
Now comes the gymnastics.
Apollo 11 audio transcripts