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Robert Pearlman

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posted 05-15-2013 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today (May 15) is the 50th anniversary of the final launch of the Mercury program, Mercury-Atlas 9 ("Faith 7") with pilot Gordon Cooper.


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posted 05-15-2013 01:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Surely it can't be 50 years - I remember it so well.


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posted 05-15-2013 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


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posted 05-15-2013 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


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posted 05-15-2013 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"A new oral thermometer was used."

So then that means that the old thermometer was a...ah...ummm...never mind!


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posted 05-15-2013 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This was the flight that gave a six-year-old version of me the space bug. I'd been interested in mechanical stuff (I wanted to drive trains up until then), but was not overly interested in spaceflight. In fact the first three orbital Mercury missions kind of torqued me off, because the TV coverage pre-empted the cartoons that came on after I got home from school!

But right before MA-9, there was a picture in our newspaper of Cooper and his family standing around his capsule. I thought it neat, and cut it out. And then over the next few days, I cut out all the rest of the pics of his mission. Then read all of the space books in the school library and local library that summer. Then... Well, suffice it to say, still a space nut 50 years later!

Oh, and by-the-way, we have a little MA-9 50th anniversary thread going on in the Stamps and Covers forum, titled "Space Cover 213: The Last Mercury".

Joel Katzowitz

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posted 05-15-2013 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful item Sy.

I remember you and I discussing the mysterious symbol drawn in the pyramid. My flown silver certificate from the MA-8 mission had the same symbol in the same location drawn by Schirra. Who knows, maybe someday.....


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posted 05-15-2013 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can remember watching Frank McGee of NBC News sitting at a desk in what looked like sand and scrub grasses reporting on the launch. To another six year old, it sparked the fascination with space.

Fra Mauro

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posted 05-22-2013 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder how Gemini would have been affected if Gordo had been yanked in favor of Shepard.

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