Test flight of the Mercury spacecraft, Mercury-Atlas 2, February 1961. NASA-USAF caption and RCA stamp on the verso l.r. Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with "A Kodak Paper" watermark on the verso, image size 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (24.0 x 18.9 cm), unmatted.
N.B. 'The trajectory was designed to provide the most severe reentry heating conditions which could be encountered during an emergency abort during an orbital flight attempt. The flight closely matched the desired trajectory, attaining a maximum velocity of just over 21,000 km/hour and an altitude of about 185 kilometers. The spacecraft came down in the Atlantic Ocean some 2,300 kilometers down range. Total flight time was 17 minutes 56 seconds. Inspection of the spacecraft aboard the recovery ship indicated that the test objectives had been met and the structure and heat protection elements were in excellent condition. Further evaluation found that the spacecraft afterbody temperatures were somewhat lower than originally anticipated' (https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=MERCA2).
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