NASA · Testing
—Air Power Park Tour —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.
|Placed By||Air Power Park|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 at 9:02am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 378449 N 4100562|
|Decimal Degrees||37.04341667, -76.36685000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 2.605', W 76° 22.011'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 2' 36.3" N, 76° 22' 0.66" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|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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