That honor, as an American, would go to John Glenn on February 20, 1962.
The original 7 included Shephard, Scott Carpenter, Gordo Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, and Deke Slayton.
Future historians will note this period as a turning point in human history.
Project Mercury had 3 primary objectives:
To orbit a manned spacecraft around Earth
To investigate man's ability to function in space
To recover both man and spacecraft safely
May 1961. I was finishing the 1st Grade. I grew up with the space program. This was what we talked about as little kids. But it's Gordon Cooper, not Gordo (fat).ReplyDelete
It was a time of such great optimism and expectation of a wonderful future of limitless possibilities. It had us looking up at the heavens. We were proud of our country and what it stands for. Achievement was admired.