Project Mercury Photos
This capsule was production vehicle number 14 that flew aboard two
Little Joe tests (flights 5A and 5B). While it was a production
vehicle, it was not manrated. It did verify the production capsule's
ability to handle max Q abort situations. The capsule was on display
in the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, Virginia.
This capsule flew on the first Mercury/Redstone flights, both the aborted MR-1 "flight" (2 inches of altitude before engine shutdown) and the successful MR-1A flight. The capsule
was on display at Spaceport USA (the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's
Center) in Florida.
This is the capsule that the chimpanzee Ham flew aboard the flight of
MR-2. It was on display at the California Museum of Science and
Industry in Los Angeles. The stencil markings on the spacecraft are
from recovery force training exercises.
Sven Knudson, IPMS#32490