In this episode of the Terranauts Guide to Leaving Earth we follow Project Mercury to its conclusion.
Having completed a “textbook” mission with Wally Schirra’s flight, it was now time to go for a full day on orbit with the flight of Mercury-Atlas 9 and Gordon Cooper. But this would be the final act of Project Mercury. The project had been a complete success, but its day was done as NASA and the world moved beyond simply wondering if a human could leave the planet – and started wondering what humans – and their inventions – would do when they were there.
The end of Project Mercury was, in a very real sense, only the end of the beginning or our story as an extra-terrestrial species.
About Terranauts season 2
This year on Terranauts we’re going to offer a mix of interviews with Terranauts, people who go to space all the time without leaving the planet, and we’re also planning regular instalments of the Terranauts Guide to Leaving the Planet where we explore the history of humankind’s adventures off the planet.
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