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Announcing the Mercury astronauts

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Abstract

It was Wednesday, 8 April 1959, a few hours before a gala NASA press conference was due in Washington, D.C., as test pilot Captain Hal Ekeren took to the skies for what would prove to be the final time. The press was attending the conference in excited droves, as NASA was about to announce the names of the seven Mercury astronauts, and introduce them to the public.

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Press Conference Wright Brother Public Relation Officer Indian Spring NASA Administrator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bonnet BayAustralia

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