Can You Name the Mercury Seven Astronauts?

By Robert Mark on October 1st, 2007

Despite the private e-mail tongue lashing I took for my comments a few weeks back about the need to retire the Shuttle, I’m pretty fond of the concept of space flight. Even at my advanced age, I’d be at the Kennedy Space Center in a heartbeat if they’d let me tag along.

I was a kid – really little – when Sputnik launched and began the space race that culminated with America’s arrival on the moon aboard Apollo 11 in 1969.

Nostalgically then, I offer this shot of the original Mercury Seven – the first group of American astronauts detailed in The Right Stuff many years back.

So here’s the deal.

Name the astronauts from left to right(last name is fine) and you’ll win a copy of a Professional Pilot Career Guide. I’ll cover the postage and even autograph the book telling all your friends how incredibly smart you are … as well as old.

Just remember the U.S. Postal system is not fast. And we do NOT provide the magnifying glasses to old folks with eye sight numbers in the hundreds, so no complaints about the size of the photo.

And finally, no private e-mails this time.

If you know who these astounding young men are, climb out on a limb and show us right here in front of all your friends!


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6 Responses to “Can You Name the Mercury Seven Astronauts?”

  1. Elaine Says:

    Hard to believe I’m getting the first shot at this:

    Scott Carpenter
    L. Gordon Cooper
    (future senator from Ohio) John Glenn
    Virgil (Gus) Grissom
    Wally Schirra
    Alan Shepard (best golfer on the moon)
    Donald (Deke) Slayton

    How’d I do? Wow, do I feel old.

  2. Rob Mark Says:

    I swear I’m not running any more contests. I honestly didn’t think anyone woulld get more than a few.

    Nice job. You must be really smart and old, or at least someone who reads a lot!

    Why don’t you send me a private e-mail with your contact and I’ll ship out the book.

    So how about some of you help me build a tougher quiz before I run out of books.

  3. Pete Smalls Says:

    Mercury Seven Astronauts were:Malcom Scott Carpernter, Leroy Gordon Cooper, John H Glenn Jr., Virgil I Grissom, Walter M. Schirra, Alan B. Shepard and Donald K. Slayton.

  4. Steve Says:

    The astronauts in order in the photograph are:

    Carpenter, Cooper, Glenn, Grissom, Schirra, Shepard and Slayton. You can’t ____ anyone off if you line them up in alphabetical order.

  5. Rob Mark Says:

    Now I guess I’m going to have send you all books!

    Thanks for taking part Elaine, Steve and Pete.

    Since Elaine already sent me contact info, if Steve and Pete will send me a private e-mail with an address, I’ll ship off those books.

  6. Kris Ringwood Says:

    In order of flights:
    Alan Shephard
    Virgil”Gus” Grissom
    Scott Carpenter
    Walter “Wally” Schirra
    F. Gordon Cooper
    and FINALLY!
    Deke Slayton

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