|Sigma Seven, Roger Ball!
Project Mercury produced the United States' first manned spacecraft. The Mercury capsule was cramped and relatively primitive, but it was a vital first step towards future lunar and orbital missions. The capsule returned to Earth for a water landing suspended under a parachute. An air bag inflated between the capsule and its heat shield to cushion the impact. On 21 April 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space in Mercury spacecraft Freedom 7. John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth on 20 February 1962 in Friendship 7. And on 3 October 1962, Wally Schirra splashed his Mercury capsule so close to his intended target that he nearly "trapped" his Sigma 7 spacecraft aboard his recovery carrier, the USS Kearsarge. This Aerocature is presented as a tribute to the late Wally Schirra, astronaut and Naval Aviator.
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News & Updates:
- 1/1/18 - Happy New Year!
- 10/6/17 - The 2018 Aerocatures Calendar is here! Order yours today!
- 10/5/17 - Hank's artwork recently was featured on the program cover for the 2017 Tailhook Association Symposium. Check it out!
- 11/16/16 - Do you know someone who is in a "family way?" Are you expecting? Then you definitely need a copy of "Honey . . . We're Pregnant!" From Aerocatures creator Hank Caruso, this prenatal diary is a great way to become friends with your baby well before he or she enters the outside world. Check here for more information!