Thursday, June 23, 2011

Astronauts Standing by Spacecraft Looking Badass: John Glenn and Scott Carpenter Edition

John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, and Friendship 7 from "An Evening with Two Mercury Astronauts," from the National Air and Space Museum, June 23, 2011. Photo by Samer Farha via Flickr. Glenn and Carpenter are the last surviving members of NASA's first astronaut group, convened in 1959. Glenn made his historic first U.S. orbital flight aboard the Mercury capsule in February 1962; Carpenter flew a three-orbit mission on Aurora 7 in May 1962.