Mercury-Atlas 8 Liftoff, October 1962

Mercury-Atlas 8 Liftoff, October 1962


Vintage chromogenic print, 20.2 x 25.4 cm

[NASA description] Mercury Atlas 8 (MA-8, also Sigma 7) was the third manned orbital flight of the Mercury programme. The pilot was Walter M. Schirra, Jr. The objectives of MA-8 were to: (1) evaluate the performance of the man-spacecraft system in a six-pass orbital mission; (2) evaluate the effects of an extended orbital space flight on the astronaut and to compare this analysis with those of previous missions and astronaut-simulator programmes; (3) obtain additional astronaut evaluation of the operational suitability of the spacecraft and support systems for manned orbital flights; (4) evaluate the performance of spacecraft systems replaced or modified as a result of previous three-pass orbital missions; and, (5) evaluate the performance of and exercise further the Mercury Worldwide Network and mission support forces and establish their suitability for extended manned flight.

Condition: mint

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