Spacecraft, Procedures, and Communication SystemsAmerica's space program got off the ground near here at NASA Langley Research Center. In 1958, spacecraft, procedures, and communication systems were designed and tested at the center, and the follow year the first astronauts reported to NASA Langley. Mercury Boulevard bears the name of the program that first put Americans in space. Along New Market Creek are bridges named after Mercury astronauts Deke Slayton, Gordon Cooper, Wally Schirra, Scott Carpenter, and John Glenn. A Mercury Blvd bridge over Hampton River honors astronaut Gus Grissom. The road from NASA Langley pays tribute to the first American in space, Commander Alan Shepard. Flight Director Christopher Kraft, a native of Phoebus, is honored by an elementary school.
|Placed By||Bring History to Life|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 9:04am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 378478 N 4100580|
|Decimal Degrees||37.04358333, -76.36651667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 2.615', W 76° 21.991'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 2' 36.9" N, 76° 21' 59.46" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 401-451 US-258, Hampton VA 23666, US|
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