The original seven Mercury astronauts are shown during training at NASA Langley Research Center in March 1961 in their flight suits. From left, Lt. M. Scott Carpenter, Capt. Gordon Cooper, Col. John H. Glenn Jr., Capt. Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Lt. Comdr. Walter Schirra, Lt. Comdr. Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Capt. Donald K. “Deke” Slayton. (AP Photo/Nasa)

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