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Early U. S. Space Program Photographs


Three top scientists who helped perfect the successful American satellite Explorer
hold aloft a duplicate of it at a news conference at IGY headquarters here tonight
after confirmation that the satellite was in such firm orbit that it might keep going
for 10 years.  They are, from left, Dr.William H. Pickering, California Institute of Technology;
Dr. James Van Allen, University of Iowa; Dr. Wernher Von Braun,
army expert who designed the Jupiter-C.  1958."
HE SP501

Very early (unknown) launch that appears to have been unsuccessful. 
No information or dates are available.
HE SP502

Astronaut John Glenn. 
Date and details unavailable.

HE SP503

"CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - - Astronauts L. Gordon Cooper and John Glenn 
discuss the helmet and gloves Cooper will be wearing during his MA-9 mission."
"FOR RELEASE: T minus 4 days - P. M." (May 11, 1963)
HE SP504

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper waiting for
the weight and balance tests to begin."

'"FOR RELEASE: T minus 4 days - P.M."
(May 11, 1963)"
HE SP505

"CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.--  Robert Cune, McDonnell Aircraft Corp.
weights and balance engineer, weighs Astronaut Leroy Gordon Cooper in his space suit.
'"FOR RELEASE: T minus 4 days - P.M." (May 11, 1963)
HE SP506

"CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.--  Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper the prime pilot for the
MA-9, 22-orbit mission undergoes tests in the procedures trainer at Hanger "S."
'"FOR RELEASE: T minus 4 days - P.M." (May 11, 1963)

"CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. - LIFT-OFF!  -  Mercury-Atlas 9 leaves Pad 14 at Cape Canaveral
with Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper aboard for the nation's longest manned orbital flight to date. 
Lift-off occurred at 8:04 a.m. EST, two-and-a-half hours after Cooper was inserted
into the spacecraft "Faith 7."  The second half of the two-day split countdown was picked up
at midnight and proceeded almost perfectly, following Tuesday's one-day disappointment."
"FOR RELEASE: May 15, 1963b- Wednesday"

HE SP508

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.--  Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper, smiling broadly after his
successful 22-orbit flight through space in  "Faith 7", walks from his spacecraft
to the hangar deck of the Kearsarge Thursday afternoon."
HE SP509

"WASHINGTON, D. C. - Standing on the Capitol steps, Astronaut Gordon Cooper poses
with his family.  Standing on Cooper's left is Mrs. Hattie Cooper his mother,
Vice President Johnson, Cooper, Mrs. Trudy Cooper (wife),
Speaker of the House, John McCormack, and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson."
"FOR RELEASE: May 21, 1963"

HE SP510

President John F. Kennedy shakes hands with L. Gordon Cooper
on the steps of the White House after his successful "Faith 7" flight. 
Present are also Cooper's mother Mrs. Hattie Cooper, his wife Trudy, and astronauts
Gus Grissom, Alan Shepard, Wally Shirra, and Scott Capenter,
as well as Vice President Lyndon Johnson and other dignitaries.  Taken May 1963.

HE SP511

Astronaut John Glenn receives a medal from President John F. Kennedy. 
Date and place are unknown.
HE SP512

Photographs HE SP504 through HE SP510 are released by NASA, and have original
NASA stamps on the back plus the quotes shown beneath the photos above. 
The others are regular press photos and are not specifically marked. 
All photos are originals and most are still marked with the original crop-marks for publication
and/or the issue information from the studio.  They are all 8 x 10s and the images
shown are scans of the photographs available.  They are in excellent repair, but come
from the working files of the magazines they were published in,
hence show some marks and wear.
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