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Old 07-01-2010, 06:44 PM   #1
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Who was the first American in space?
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Sub-orbital is Chuck Yeager?



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Old 07-01-2010, 08:03 PM   #3
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Sub orbital is correct.

Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Bell X1-A. He was considered too unmanageable (and too tall) to be an astronaut. Guess again!
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The first american was Kittenger, I think that is his name. He rode up in a helium balloon and parachuted to earth. He was also the first human to go supersonic without an airplane.
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The first american was Kittenger, I think that is his name. He rode up in a helium balloon and parachuted to earth. He was also the first human to go supersonic without an airplane.
That's interesting. But I'm thinking more of the NASA/astronaut mindset...
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That's interesting. But I'm thinking more of the NASA/astronaut mindset...
He retired an Air Force Major General.
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OK, based on all the above, it has to be Mercury Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr.



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The first american was Kittenger, I think that is his name. He rode up in a helium balloon and parachuted to earth. He was also the first human to go supersonic without an airplane.
Sorry, there is no way a Helium balloon can travel above the atmosphere and enter space. not possible.

If it is any consolutation.. I got it wrong too (I looked it up so I won't post the answer)
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OK, based on all the above, it has to be Mercury Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr.
Correct!

The next question has two parts:

How many Mercury Astronauts were there?
How many Mercury flights were there?
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If I remember right, they were called the Mercury Seven (Shepard, Glen, Sherar - can't remember the rest), but there were only six flights. One of the seven astronauts was a backup?



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Correct.

Which of the seven opened the capsule hatch prematurely and it sank to the bottom of the ocean? (While we all watched it on TV!)
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Was it 'Wally'?



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Was it 'Wally'?
Nope. Wally was #7 and did not fly a Mercury mission.

BTW, "Ham" the chimp rode that mission in a "used" capsule. It was launched empty as part of systems test, and since it was a sub orbital flight, the capsule suffered no major wear and was slightly refurbished and used again.

Each astronaut was allowed to "name" their capsule. Extra credit for the name of the capsule at the bottom of the ocean.
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Which of the seven opened the capsule hatch prematurely and it sank to the bottom of the ocean? (While we all watched it on TV!)
Was it Grissim? Yeah I can't spell and I can't remember his first name. And no I didn't look it up otherwise I'd probably have spelled it correctly.

BTW.. a bit of trivia regarding the "exploding bolts" used on the doors for the capsules.. My best friend's father "Buzz" Gueldner was an engineer on the team that designed them. He has since passed on due to cancer.
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Was it Grissim? Yeah I can't spell and I can't remember his first name. And no I didn't look it up otherwise I'd probably have spelled it correctly.

BTW.. a bit of trivia regarding the "exploding bolts" used on the doors for the capsules.. My best friend's father "Buzz" Gueldner was an engineer on the team that designed them. He has since passed on due to cancer.
I agree Virgil Gus Grissom.
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Yes it was Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom, who had named his capsule "Liberty Bell 7"

Next question, John Glenn, first American to orbit the earth,

How many orbits did he make?
The name of his capsule?
In which military service did he serve?
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John Glenn

Orbits? I'm thinking the flight was around 90 min which would give time for 2. Again a guess.

Capsule's name? I have no idea.

Military service? I'm gonna guess Navy. A guess but it sounds right.
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Orbits - Wrong
Capsule - you could buy toy capsules in the five and dime with the name on the side
Service - Close

Ya'll go watch "The Right Stuff" and get back to me.
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Service (since I was "Close") would then have to be the Marine Corps as they are a department of the Navy.

The others? Geeze I'd have to look 'em up..


Come on folks fire up some answers!!


FWIW... This all happened well before I was born so I'm going off of memory from what I learned and not what I lived. I did get Grissom right though..
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