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Mercury June 1958 Langley Mercury capsule layout, June 1958
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Mercury 6 Credit: NASA. File Name: merc6.jpg. Image width: 295 pixels. Image height: 204 pixels. Image size: 16,448 bytes.
Mercury Gemini Comparison of the Mercury and Gemini capsules.
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Pigs In Space Pigs In Space - NASA used pigs to test human survivability in case of a land 'splashdown' by using pigs - they showed no apparent ill effects - truly 'Spam in a Can'.
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Mercury Proposals Before Mercury, the US Air Force had a project 'Man in Space Soonest'. This chart summarizes the initial contractor proposals.
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Mercury Credit: © Mark Wade. File Name: mercury.gif. Image width: 135 pixels. Image height: 220 pixels. Image size: 1,404 bytes.
Mercury Redstone Credit: © Mark Wade. File Name: mercyred.gif. Image width: 66 pixels. Image height: 354 pixels. Image size: 1,101 bytes.
TKS capsule detail 1 The BSO (Bloka Skhoda s Orbiti - Deorbit Block) mounted on top of the VA capsule weighed 450 kg and allowed the capsule to maneuver and orient itself after separation from the FGB for retrofire and return to the earth.
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TKS capsule exterior The landing capsule of the three crew military TKS transport/resupply spacecraft for the Almaz space station. Called ‘our Apollo’ by cosmonaut Leonov. After separation of the capsule from the Almaz the retrorocket assembly at top deorbited the capsule. TKS capsules (VA is the Russian acronym) flew 13 times between 1976 and 1983, ten times in capsule tests, three times as part of complete TKS spacecraft which docked with Salyut space stations. They were never flown manned. Location: MAI. Credit: © Mark Wade. File Name: merkext.jpg. Image width: 397 pixels. Image height: 566 pixels. Image size: 43,287 bytes.
TKS capsule hatch The crew of the TKS went from the descent capsule to the main spacecraft cabin through this hatch in the heat shield of the capsule. The central crew couch folded up to give access to the hatch. A similar arrangement was to be used in Gemini B for the USAF MOL (Manned Orbiting Laboratory). Location: MAI. Credit: © Mark Wade. File Name: merkhatb.jpg. Image width: 568 pixels. Image height: 397 pixels. Image size: 82,306 bytes.
TKS capsule interior At the junction of the left and right instrument panels of the TKS was a Vzor optical device, as used in Vostok and Soyuz. The Vzor allowed the crew to line up the spacecraft for retrofire and return to earth even if all other spacecraft systems failed.
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TKS capsule interior Left control panel of the descent capsule of the TKS spacecraft. The TKS crew instruments were assembled from the same building blocks as those used in the Soyuz series of spacecraft. The standard clock, used since Vostok, is in the top middle of the panel. The large central panel was used to call up sequences of automated spacecraft procedures. Location: MAI. Credit: © Mark Wade. File Name: merkintl.jpg. Image width: 574 pixels. Image height: 395 pixels. Image size: 67,412 bytes.
TKS capsule interior The right control panel of the TKS. The earth globe instrument, also used in Vostok, Salyut, Almaz, and Soyuz, showed the crew at all times their position over the earth. It also allowed them to determine their landing site in the case of a manual re-entry or loss of communications with the ground. Location: MAI. Credit: © Mark Wade. File Name: merkintr.jpg. Image width: 577 pixels. Image height: 400 pixels. Image size: 50,247 bytes.
TKS capsule TKS capsule at Khrunichev
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Mercury Station Credit: NASA. File Name: merss60.gif. Image width: 486 pixels. Image height: 683 pixels. Image size: 13,634 bytes.
Meteor Meteor satellite. Meteor-M and Meteor-Priroda were similar.
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Meteor 2 Location: Gagarin Museum / Trade Pavilion, Moscow. Credit: © Mark Wade. File Name: meteor2.jpg. Image width: 330 pixels. Image height: 164 pixels. Image size: 9,484 bytes.
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Meteor 3 Meteor 3 exhibited at Hannover Expo 2000.
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Meteor 3 Detail Instrument package of Meteor 3 exhibited at Hannover Expo 2000.
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Meteosat Credit: ESA. File Name: meteosat.jpg. Image width: 196 pixels. Image height: 431 pixels. Image size: 24,484 bytes.
Meteor-Priroda Credit: NASA. File Name: metpriro.gif. Image width: 501 pixels. Image height: 348 pixels. Image size: 14,285 bytes.
Mexico Credit: © Mark Wade. File Name: mexicflg.gif. Image width: 32 pixels. Image height: 20 pixels. Image size: 1,222 bytes.
SSTL Microsatellite Credit: NASA. File Name: micrsstl.jpg. Image width: 131 pixels. Image height: 195 pixels. Image size: 7,398 bytes.
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