Mercury capsule
Mercury, US space capsule. Hover pointer over thumbnail for caption. Click on thumbnail to load larger image.
At the new Air and Space museum, this unflown Mercury capsule was for a 1963 Alan Shepard mission, but NASA decided instead to end the Mercury program and move on to Gemini.  It was named Friendship 7 II after Shepard’s original 1961 capsule. The Liberty Bell 7 Mercury capsule was on a national tour when I visited the Kansas Cosmosphere in 2005, so after it went on permanent display I stopped again in 2007.

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