John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, and Friendship 7 from “An Evening with Two Mercury Astronauts,” from the National Air and Space Museum, June 23, 2011. Photo by Samer Farha via Flickr. Glenn and Carpenter are the last surviving members of NASA’s first astronaut group, convened in 1959. Glenn made his historic first U.S. orbital flight aboard the Mercury capsule in February 1962; Carpenter flew a three-orbit mission on Aurora 7 in May 1962.

Emily Carney is a writer, space enthusiast, and creator of the This Space Available space blog, published since 2010. In January 2019, Emily’s This Space Available blog was incorporated into the National Space Society’s blog. The content of Emily’s blog can be accessed via the This Space Available blog category.

Note: The views expressed in This Space Available are those of the author and should not be considered as representing the positions or views of the National Space Society.

 

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