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NASA Group One Astronauts Selected, April 1959

May 5, 1961

Alan B. Shepard Jr. becomes the first American to fly into Space (Sub Orbital Flight), Mercury-Redstone 3, Freedom 7

July 21, 1961

Virgil I "Gus" Grissom, second American in Space (Sub Orbital Flight), Liberty Bell 7

February 20, 1962

John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (Colonel, USMC, Ret.), the third American in Space. Becomes the first U.S. Astronaut to orbit the Earth (Mercury Atlas 6, Friendship 7), 3 orbits.

May 24, 1962

M. Scott Carpenter, Mercury Aurora 7, the fourth American in space, was launched on the 24th of May 1962, he orbited the Earth 3 times before landing safely. Mercury Atlas 7. 3 orbits.
NASA Group Two Astronauts Selected, September 1962

October 3, 1962

Walter M. Schirra, fifth American in Space, Sigma 7, Mercury Atlas 8. 6 orbits.

May 15, 1963

L. Gordon Cooper, Sixth American in Space, Faith 7. Mercury Atlas 9. 22 orbits.
NASA Group Three Astronauts Selected, October 1963
Mercury Program ends with Gordo Cooper's Flight. The Seventh Mercury Astronaut, Donald K. 'Deke' Slayton, did not get a flight because of a Heart Condition. He would later fly on the Apollo - Soyuz Test Project.

Gemini Program Begins March 23, 1965

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