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MOL
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posted 09-18-2019 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MOL   Click Here to Email MOL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know exactly when the “Mercury 7” logo first appeared and who came up with the logo? I am talking about the Greco-Roman Mercury symbol with the number 7 inside. Thank you.

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posted 09-18-2019 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know if there are earlier uses, but it dates back to at least to Nov. 10, 1964 and the dedication of the Project Mercury monument at Cape Canaveral.

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posted 09-18-2019 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MOL   Click Here to Email MOL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks - I was particularly curious if it was ever worn as a lapel pin by the astronauts for instance during the time of Project Mercury itself - through 1963.

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I took a look at the post-flight images on Retro Space Images' Mercury discs and sure enough, from June 28, 1962, here is John Glenn wearing just such a pin:

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posted 09-18-2019 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MOL   Click Here to Email MOL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So cool - thank you Robert!

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I have seen an image of a decal on the Mercury-Atlas boosters that had the logo on it. I can't find it at the moment.

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posted 10-19-2019 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
General Dynamics had a very similar symbol with an "R" instead of the number 7 inside. The GD symbol is seen on the MA-6 Atlas booster in photo
S62-00380
dated Feb 20, 1962. The "R" was for Rocketdyne.

It says "Project Mercury General Dynamics Astronautics" around the edge.

Gordon Cooper signed the symbol on his Atlas. Alan Shepard signed it too.

thisismills
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Wally as the backup pilot appears to have signed Carpenter's Atlas 107D after production as well. These photos are from March 7th, 1962.

Another angle of the Atlas, showing a Project Mercury sign up top with another version of the symbol.

This photo is from September 1959 when the Mercury astronauts (minus Slayton) visited the General Dynamics Convair plant in San Diego, CA. The inscription was certainly made at a later date and may actually be a layered photo on top of the earlier print. A photo taken of the inscription is partially revealed here on the lower right.

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Glenn is wearing the Mercury pin in his official portrait dated 1962.

It looks like Glenn might be wearing the pin in this earlier February 23, 1962 photo with JFK taken at the Mercury Control Center at Cape Canaveral.

Even earlier, Shepard is seen wearing the Mercury pin on his lapel during a visit to Washington in NASA photo MR-3-49 dated May 8, 1961.

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