Manned Space Flight Programs & Mission Badges

Mercury 3 Mission Badge

Manned Space Flight Programs included Project Mercury, Project Gemini, and the Apollo missions.  Each mission included individual mission badges. Project Mercury was the United States’ first man-in-space program.  Project Mercury was conducted from 1958 – 1963.  The objectives were to place a manned spacecraft in orbital flight around the earth, investigate man’s performance capabilities and his ability to function in the environment of space and recover the man and the spacecraft safely. Six manned space flights were completed as part of a 25-flight program. The Mercury astronauts included Scott Carpenter, Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr, John H. Glenn Jr, Virgil I. Grissom, Walter M. Schirra Jr, Commander Alan B. Shepard Jr, and Donald K. Slayton.

Gemini 12 Mission Badge

Project Gemini was the secondU.S.manned space program which ran from 1962 – 1966. Gemini involved 10 two-man crews and two unmanned flights. The goals of Project Gemini were to subject man and equipment to space flight up to two weeks in duration, to rendezvous and dock with orbiting vehicles and to maneuver the docked combination by using the target vehicle’s propulsion system.  The Gemini astronauts included Virgil Grissom, John Young, James McDivitt, Edward White II, Gordon Cooper Jr, Charles Conrad Jr, Frank Borman, James Lovell Jr, Walter Schirra Jr, Thomas Stafford, Neil Armstrong, David Scott, Eugene Cernan, Michael Collins, Richard Gordon, and Edward Aldrin.

Tomorrow, Training for the Space Missions      Rita Bay

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