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posted 04-23-2015 04:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistoryDiscussion   Click Here to Email HistoryDiscussion     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a 1959 NASA document that describes the selection process that the first astronaut candidates went through. In the end, seven finalists were chosen as astronauts and in this document, the astronauts are not identified by name but rather by letter code.

Has anyone made an effort to decipher the letter codes to determine which letter code corresponds to each of the Original 7?

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posted 04-23-2015 07:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can you provide a link to this document?

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posted 04-23-2015 07:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe the document being referred to is WADC Technical Report 59-505, "Project Mercury Candidate Evaluation Program" by Capt. Charles Wilson of the Aerospace Medical Laboratory.

Per an earlier discussion here, the 31 semifinalists for the 1959 selection were assigned a candidate letter, A to EE. The seven "outstanding candidates without reservations" were identified by the letter codes: G, L, K, S, U, Z and EE.

According to Kris Stoever, Scott Carpenter was "K" and John Glenn was "EE."

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Thanks Robert, that is a fascinating document and the previous discussion to which you gave us the link was very interesting too. Somewhere, in some forgotten file is a list relating names, some of which we all know, to the A thru EE designations.

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