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Project Mercury (U.S.)



  • Existence: 1958 - 1963

Historical Information

Project Mercury was the first program designed for human spaceflight by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and was followed by Projects Gemini and Apollo. With the hopes of successfully placing humans on the moon before the Soviet Union, Project Mercury conducted 20 uncrewed flights and six with astronauts.


"Project Mercury." Accessed August 31, 2023.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Neil A. Armstrong papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 5
Scope and Contents The Neil A. Armstrong papers document the military, aeronautics, astronautics, teaching and corporate business career of Neil A. Armstrong. The papers also feature items from Armstrong's youth and education. The collection includes but is not limited to documents, coursework, working papers, subject files, correspondence, writings, speeches, recordings, photographs and newspaper clippings. The papers are divided into eighteen series, and further information on the scope and content of the...
Dates: 1671 - 2012; Majority of material found within 1960 - 2012

Donald  K. Slayton typed manuscript on Project Mercury

 Unprocessed — Box Communal Collections 73, Placement: 6
Identifier: 20130614.1

William F. Causey Space Exploration Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20190910.1