Brief overview of the accomplishments of the Mercury missions. Excellent Work. Good Research and Facts.
Project Mercury, the first manned U.S. space project, became an official NASA program
on October 7, 1958. The Mercury Program was given two main but broad objectives: 1. to
investigate man's ability to survive and perform in the space environment and 2. to develop basic
space technology and hardware for manned space flight programs to come.
NASA also had to find astronauts to
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orbit on May 15, 1963, Faith 7,
with Gordon Cooper, Jr. inside, went around Earth 22 times in 34and a half hours. On May 16 it
too splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean where it was recovered, successfully ending the Mercury
The Mercury Project, five years and $392.6 million dollars after it began, came to a close.
The entire project was highly successful, achieving both of its goals. It paved the way for the next
generation of NASA spacecraft: Gemini.