First American to orbit Earth Dies:

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    All 'Original Seven' American astronauts now dead
    December 8, 2016

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    In this Jan. 11, 1961 file photo, Marine Lt. Col. John Glenn reaches for controls inside a Mercury capsule procedures trainer as he shows how the first U.S. astronaut will ride through space during a demonstration at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Research Center in Langley Field, Va. Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth who later spent 24 years representing Ohio in the Senate, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at the age of 95. (AP Photo/File)
    John Glenn's passing on Thursday means that the first seven American astronauts chosen to lead the fledging US space program in 1959 are now dead, ending a groundbreaking chapter in American history.

    This crew of military aviators, known as the Original Seven, or "Mercury 7," proved that spaceflight was possible, and paved the way for the pioneering US trips to the moon.

    Their saga inspired the 1979 Tom Wolfe book "The Right Stuff," and the 1983 movie classic of the same name. Here are the feats the seven are best known for, and how they died:




    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-12-american-astronauts-dead.html#jCp
     
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    The Right Stuff:
    Alan B. Shepard, Jr
    John H. Glenn, Jr.
    Virgil I. 'Gus' Grissom
    Scott Carpenter
    L. Gordon Cooper, Jr
    Walter M. Schirra, Jr
    Donald K. 'Deke' Slayton.

    USSR: Cosmonauts:

      • Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.
      • Gherman Stepanovich Titov
      • Nikolai Budarin.
      • Vladimir Dezhurov.
      • Aleksandr Kaleri.
      • Sergei Krikalev.
      • Aleksei Leonov.
      • Yuri Lonchakov.

      • First Woman in Space:
      • Valentina Tereshkova:
     
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