The Mercury-Atlas 6 flight on February 20, 1962, was the first American flight to achieve this goal. The programme included 20 unmanned launches, followed by two suborbital and six orbital flights with astronaut pilots.
Early planning and research were carried out by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, but the programme was officially conducted its successor, NASA. Mercury laid the groundwork for Project Gemini and the follow-on Apollo moon-landing programme. The project name came from Mercury, a Roman mythological god who is often seen as a symbol of speed.Mercury is also the name of the innermost planet of the solar system, which moves faster than any other and hence provides an image of speed, although Project Mercury had no other connexion to that planet. The item "Mercury Capsule Desktop Model Space Aircraft/Museum Quality Collectible" is in sale since Friday, September 4, 2020. This item is in the category "Toys, Hobbies\Radio Control & Control Line\Tether Cars". The seller is "yourglobalmall" and is located in Commerce, CA. This item can be shipped to Australia, United States, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, Brazil, France, New Zealand.