Mercury Test Capsule

Mercury Test Capsule (HM1YMX)

Location: Hampton, VA 23666
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 2.605', W 76° 22.011'

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NASA · Testing

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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.
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Date Added Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 378449 N 4100562
Decimal Degrees37.04341667, -76.36685000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 2.605', W 76° 22.011'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 2' 36.3" N, 76° 22' 0.66" W
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Area Code(s)757
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-451 US-258, Hampton VA 23666, US
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