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JoKepler
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posted 03-12-2012 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JoKepler   Click Here to Email JoKepler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently discovered that there are astronaut portraits of the Mercury 7 astronauts from 1959. They are designated as L-59-XXXX.

Check Chris Spain's Astronaut Portraits website and you will see one of Alan Shepard.

I was fortunate to have acquired a NASA numbered Scott Carpenter 1959 portrait but I have never seen any of the other five.

Anyone out there have any 1959 portraits of Grissom, Glenn, Cooper, Schirra, or Slayton?

Paul78zephyr
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posted 03-14-2012 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Man, I cant get over that 1981 picture of Deke Slayton with 'long' hair!

music_space
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posted 03-15-2012 08:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, Deke has had the same "hair evolution" that Hank Hartsfield had!

heng44
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posted 03-15-2012 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have Carpenter, Glenn, Grissom and Shepard. Mail me if you want them.

Paul78zephyr
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posted 03-15-2012 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by music_space:
Yeah, Deke has had the same "hair evolution" that Hank Hartsfield had!
I guess a lot of these hardboiled guys let their hair down (out) in the 70s/80s/90s. Except for Kranz... and Musgrave...

fredtrav
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posted 03-15-2012 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In looking at Chris's website, I noticed a couple of Group 2, the "Gemini" 9 astronauts. I was wondering if anyone had a copy of either of the 1962 pictures showing just the nine.

ilbasso
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posted 03-15-2012 05:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a great website! Thanks for calling my attention to it.

Skylon
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posted 03-15-2012 07:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skylon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Paul78zephyr:
Except for Kranz...
Well, Kranz tried... a little.

Paul23
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posted 03-16-2012 02:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul23   Click Here to Email Paul23     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kranz's hair seems to have really upset Harrison Schmitt in that photo!

GoesTo11
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posted 03-19-2012 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Paul78zephyr:
Man, I cant get over that 1981 picture of Deke Slayton with 'long' hair!

LOL! Yeah, I'd seen that photo before but had forgotten about it until now...I guess for Deke's generation that's what passed for "letting your hair down" in the late 70s-early 80s.

I also get a kick out of looking at crew portraits from the same era and how it seems like every male astronaut from the TFNG class into the mid-80s rocked a moustache...then I remember that the Hollywood archetypes of American maledom then were Burt Reynolds and Tom Selleck. Poor Pinky Nelson...I'm not sure he could have grown one if he'd wanted to.

GoesTo11
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posted 03-19-2012 11:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Paul23:
Kranz's hair seems to have really upset Harrison Schmitt in that photo!

Men wearing suede sportcoats and bolo ties should probably reserve judgement on others' personal aesthetic choices. Just sayin'.

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