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“Wednesday, December 6, 1961
Released from NASA Headquarters - 1:05 p.m.

Next Project Mercury orbital flight will be manned, Manned Spacecraft Center Director Robert R. Gilruth announced today…
…As announced earlier, Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr. will be pilot for the first manned orbital flight attempt, with Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter acting as backup pilot.


Release No. 61-272, 12/6/1961
File Unit: MA-6 Public Affairs Office (PAO), 12/30/1960 - 3/5/1962Series: Source Files on Project Mercury, 1952 - 1968. Record Group 255: Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006

After successful tests involving a chimpanzee, @nasa announced that Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr., had been named the pilot of the first manned orbital flight attempt.  Glenn would become the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962 aboard Friendship 7.

Japanese Chart of Pearl Harbor Captured from Japanese Sub

Series: General Photographic File of the Department of Navy, 1943 - 1958
Record Group 80: General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1804 - 1983


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仁和寺 by かがみ~

Os planos são e sempre serão nossos, mas a vida é armada até os dentes de surpresas, leitor. Vamos ser sinceros: eu e você podemos morrer daqui a 40 anos enquanto dormimos ou então daqui a 40 segundos de um infarto fatal. E ai, têm muitas pendências na vida? Tem muitas pessoas pra perdoar e pedir perdão? Pessoas pra amar e realmente mostrar que as ama? Você ao menos se ama? Pelo menos se perdoa? Os próximos segundos talvez sejam os últimos, não desperdice-os.
—  L. Vidal (in1914)