Project Mercury Space Capsule Cufflinks - Made In The Usa By Balfour - Nasa
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Project Mercury Space Capsule Cufflinks - Made In The Usa By Balfour - Nasa:
Offered is a WONDERFUL Set of Created by the Prestigious BALFOURCompany (approx) 50 Years Ago. Cuff Links look to beSILVER PLATED and are NOT Made of Precious Metal.My GUESS is they were Produced at some point during the HEYDAY ofthe MERCURYPROJECTin the 1960's. The BALFOURName is Stamped into the Back of each Square disk.If you likeVINTAGE SPACETRAVEL Memorabilia You'll LOVE these Cuff Links. Obviously, since you have found this sale you have EXCELLENT taste inSPACE Items. us
Cufflinks are USED and show "Wear and Tear". Could use a Cleaning. The Dimensional Space Capsule is Securely attached to a Flat 3/4" Square Disk. INCLUDED is a Blue Velour Draw String Gift Pouch.
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PLEASE DO NOT DRINK AND offerIF YOU LOVE YEARBOOKS, YOU'LL LOVE MY OTHER...View My Other Items For Sale...YEARBOOK sales. CLICK BELOW TO SEE THEM ALL.syossetA LITTLE HISTORY about the MERCURY PROJECT Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States. It ran from 1959 through 1963 with two goals: putting a human in orbit around the Earth, and doing it before the Soviet Union, as part of the early space race. It succeeded in the first but not the second: in the first Mercury mission on 5 May 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space; however the Soviet Union had put Yuri Gagarin into space one month earlier. John Glenn became the first American (third overall, following Gagarin and Titov) to reach orbit on February 20, 1962, during the third manned Mercury flight. The program included 20 unmanned launches, followed by two suborbital and four orbital flights with astronaut pilots. Early planning and research were carried out by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), but the program was officially conducted by its successor organization, NASA. It also absorbed the USAF program Man In Space Soonest which had had the same objectives. Mercury laid the groundwork for Project Gemini and the follow-on Apollo moon-landing program. The project name came from Mercury, a Roman god often seen as a symbol of speed. Mercury is also the name of the innermost planet of the Solar System, which moves faster than any other and hence conveys an image of speed, although Project Mercury had no other connection to the planet. SPACECRAFT DESIGN Because of their small size, it was said that the Mercury spacecraft were worn, not ridden. With 60 cubic feet (1.7 m3) of habitable volume, the spacecraft was just large enough for the single crew member. Inside were 120 controls: 55 electrical switches, 30 fuses and 35 mechanical levers. The spacecraft was designed by Max Faget and NASA's Space Task Group. Despite the astronauts' test pilot experience NASA at first envisioned them as "minor participants" during their flights, causing many conflicts between the astronauts and engineers during the spacecraft's design. Nonetheless, contrary to other reports, the project's leaders always intended for pilots to be able to control their spacecraft, as they valued humans' ability to contribute to missions' success. John Glenn's manual attitude adjustments during the first orbital flight were an example of the value of such control. The astronauts requested—and received—a larger window and manual reentry controls. PRODUCTION SUMMARY NASA ordered 20 production spacecraft, numbered 1 through 20, from McDonnell Aircraft Company, St. Louis, Missouri. Five of the 20, Nos. 10, 12, 15, 17, and 19, were not flown. Spacecraft No. 3 and No. 4 were destroyed during unmanned test flights. Spacecraft No. 11 sank and was recovered from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean after 38 years. Some spacecraft were modified after initial production (refurbished after launch abort, modified for longer missions, etc.) and received a letter designation after their number, examples 2B, 15B. Some spacecraft were modified twice; for example, spacecraft 15 became 15A and then 15B. A number of Mercury boilerplate spacecraft (including mockup/prototype/replica spacecraft, made from non-flight materials or lacking production spacecraft systems and/or hardware) were also made by NASA and McDonnell Aircraft. They were designed and used to test spacecraft recovery systems, and escape tower and rocket motors. Formal tests were done on test pad at Langley and at Wallops Island using the Little Joe and Big Joe rockets. ASTRONAUTS The first Americans to venture into space were drawn from a group of 110 military pilots chosen for their flight test experience and because they met certain physical requirements. NASA announced the selection of seven of these – known as the Mercury Seven – as astronauts on 9 April 1959, though only six of the seven flew Mercury missions, after Slayton was grounded due to a heart condition. In order of flight: Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr., USN (1923–1998); first American in space, May 1961 Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom, USAF (1926–1967); flew 21 July 1961. Died 1967 during Apollo 1 pre-launch test John Herschel Glenn, Jr., USMC (born 1921); first American to orbit the Earth, 20 February 1962 Malcolm Scott Carpenter, USN (born 1925), flew 24 May 1962 Walter Marty "Wally" Schirra, Jr., USN (1923–2007), flew 3 October 1962 Leroy Gordon "Gordo" Cooper, Jr., USAF (1927–2004), flew 15 May 1963 Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton, USAF (1924–1993); grounded in 1962, but reinstated in 1972 and flew on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975.