A Place Called Space
Day 3

Supported by Wellcome Trust

Mercury rising: America's first steps into space

In 1959, Project Mercury became the United States' maiden space programme. This is the story of that programme, told through beautiful archive footage.

Shortly after NASA formed, Project Mercury took form. The goal: to send a man to space and return him safely. Already lagging seriously behind in the space race, America needed to move fast.

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