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Coliseum Central in Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mercury Test Capsule

NASA • Testing

 

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By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
1. Mercury Test Capsule Marker
Inscription. This is a test capsule of America's first manned spacecraft for Project Mercury. Engineer's had to devise a vehicle that would protect the human being from the temperature extremes, vacuum, the newly discovered radiation of space and high-speed reentry through the atmosphere. The best vehicle for these requirements was a wingless “capsule” designed for a ballistic reentry, with an ablative heat shield that burned off as Mercury returned to Earth.

The original seven Mercury astronauts and to NASA's Space Task Group were based at nearby Langley Research Center from 1959 to 1963. The lifting ring at the top of this capsule means it was probably used for helicopter recovery training.
 
Erected by Air Power Park. (Marker Number 003.)
 
Location. 37° 2.605′ N, 76° 22.011′ W. Marker is in Coliseum Central, Virginia, in Hampton. Marker can be reached from West Mercury Boulevard (U.S. 258) west of LaSalle Avenue (Virginia Route 167), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 413 W Mercury Blvd, Hampton VA 23666, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. T-33A T-Bird (a few steps from this marker); A-7E Corsair II
Mercury Test Capsule Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
2. Mercury Test Capsule Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Langley Field (within shouting distance of this marker); NACA (within shouting distance of this marker); NASA Space History (within shouting distance of this marker); A-2 Polaris (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); M-2 Corporal (about 300 feet away); F-101F Voodoo (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coliseum Central.
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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