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summary results of the first united states manned orbital space flightThis paper describes the principal findings of the first United States manned orbital space flight in light of the flight mission. Consideration is given to the coordinated tracking network, recovery forces and to the spacecraft and its several functional systems. These include mechanisms for heat protection, escape maneuvers, spacecraft control, power supply, communications, life support and landing. A few difficulties encountered in the flight and deviations from the planned sequence are described. Craft preparation, aeromedical studies, flight plan and particularly flight observations--including the color, light, horizon visibility by day and by night, cloud formations and sunrise and sunset effects are given in some detail. The general conclusion from the MA-6 flight is that man can adapt well to new conditions encountered in space flight and that man can contribute importantly to mission reliability and toward mission achievement through his capacities to control the spacecraft and its multiple systems contribute to decision making and adaptation of programming as well as to direct exploratory and experimental observations.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Glenn, J. H. Jr
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1963
Publication Information
Publication: Life sciences and space research
Volume: 1
ISSN: 0075-9422
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
Distribution Limits
Flight Experiment
Mercury 6 Project
short duration