Space Programs

Early American Programs

What were the accomplishments of the early Mercury program?.

Six piloted missions were launched from 1961 to 1963. The early Mercury vessels were launched into space by Redstone rockets; later Mercury craft were launched by Atlas rockets. These short Mercury flights led to the longer, more complex Gemini flights of the mid-1960s, and finally to the Apollo program which had its last flight in 1972.


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