Space Ship Lands in St. Louis

August 1, 2008 at 9:37 pm | Posted in News from SLSC | Leave a comment
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One of the original Mercury capsules returned to its place of birth today in St. Louis arriving unscathed at the Saint Louis Science Center.

No. 19 never got a chance to fly.

Unlike 11 of his brothers and sisters, No. 19 didn’t get a monkey to ride him into space, or a famous astronaut-turned-politician like John Glenn (his seventh sibling received that honor). No. 19 was always the backup singer, the tester, the assistant.

But on Thursday, No. 19 became a proud symbol of St. Louis aerospace history. The space capsule rode through his hometown to his new home at the St. Louis Science Center.

No. 19 was the second youngest in a family of 20 capsules from Project Mercury, the nation’s first human spaceflight program, which ran from 1959 to 1963. Along with his 19 siblings, Mercury 19 was built by the former McDonnell Aircraft Corp. The others were destroyed or lost on unmanned missions.

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