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Paul Roscoe collection of astronaut photographs

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Group photograph of NASA administration and personnel for Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs

Saturn Missile

Photo of astronauts in flight gear in front of Air Force fighter

Astronaut Walter Schirra

Scott Carpenter

Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper

Gus Grissom

John Glenn

Alan Sheppard

Don Slayton



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Primary Creator: Roscoe, Paul

Extent: 0.2 Cubic feet

Date Acquired: 02/13/2012

Subjects: Astronauts, Flight Archives at Purdue University, Project Apollo (U.S.), United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Forms of Material: Color photographs

Languages: English

Abstract

Photographs documenting astronaut corps, NASA administration, and Saturn missile in the 1960s.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Paul Roscoe collection of astronaut photographs (circa 1960s; 0.2 cubic feet) documents members of the NASA astronaut corps, NASA administration, and the Saturn missile. It includes both headshots and group photographs of various NASA personnel from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. The headshots are solely of astronauts, some in their spacesuits. One notable photograph shows the Saturn missile, which was used during the Apollo missions to the moon, sitting at the launch pad.  Types of materials include: color photographs.  The photographs are organized into a single folder with original order maintained.

History of Mercury Seven Astronauts:

The Mercury Seven Astronauts were the first Americans in space.  They participated in the Mercury program, announced in 1958, which had three objectives: “to place a human spacecraft into orbital flight around Earth, observe human performance in such conditions, and recover the human and the spacecraft safely” (Garber).  These first astronauts went through a rigorous selection process from a pool of 508 test pilot candidates. In the end, NASA chose seven pilots for the program: Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper, Jr., John H. Glenn, Jr., Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Alan B. Shepard, Jr., and Donald K. "Deke" Slayton.  In total, the Mercury Seven completed six human spaceflights from 1961-1963.  Slayton, however, was grounded on account of a “previously undiscovered heart condition” (Garber).  Their missions were instrumental for later human spaceflight programs like Gemini and the famous Apollo missions to the moon (Garber).

Source(s:

Garber, Steve. “The 40th Anniversary of the Mercury Seven.” NASA History Program Office. NASA, November 2009. Web 7 March 2012.

Subject/Index Terms

Astronauts
Flight Archives at Purdue University
Project Apollo (U.S.)
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Use Restrictions: © 2012, National Aeronautical and Space Administration

Acquisition Source: Paul Roscoe

Acquisition Method: Donation

Processing Information: All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes.


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[Item 1: Group photograph of NASA administration and personnel for Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, March 1, 1963],
[Item 2: Saturn Missile, circa 1960s],
[Item 3: Photo of astronauts in flight gear in front of Air Force fighter, circa 1960s],
[Item 4: Astronaut Walter Schirra, circa 1960s],
[Item 5: Scott Carpenter, circa 1960s],
[Item 6: Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper, circa 1960s],
[Item 7: Gus Grissom, circa 1960s],
[Item 8: John Glenn, circa 1960s],
[Item 9: Alan Sheppard, circa 1960s],
[Item 10: Don Slayton, circa 1960s],
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