The Mercury 7 (NASA Astronaut Group 1)
"Whatever happens, keep the dream alive"
Mercury 7 Astronaut
In December of 3302 Commander Yanick a verteran explorer of the Distant Stars, and Deep Rifters Expeditions, proposed a new expedition. One that would pay tribute to the first American Astronauts of Old Earth, a group of brave and adept men known as The Mercury 7. The new expedition was to venture into areas of the western part of the galaxy, that had never been sufficiently explored before. It was to take place under the aegis of the Colonia Citizens Network (CCN), and in association with the Galactic Mapping Project (GMP).
The main objectives of the Mercury 7 Expedition were to explore: Wagars' Reach, The Orio-Persean Conflux, and Zephyrus/Ishtar. The Galactic Mapping Project also tasked them with uncovering the long held mystery, as to why the Ishtar region glowed bright blue, when the surrounding regions were so dim in comparason.
Eighty-four Commanders joined up with the Mercury 7 Expedition, to pay tribute to those great early pioneers, and following their example, forge new paths...and discover new worlds...
On March 5th 3003, the expedition departed Jaques Station in Colonia, on their three month odyssey into the unknown.
They will finally return to Colonia on June 11th 3303.
Designed by Quohen Leth and Yanick
The expeditions' route:
These are some of the sights we saw, on our path through the Galaxy.
Expedition Roster (Which CMDRs have signed up with the appropriate details)
Route with Waypoints (EDSM)
Background and interesting information
To give some further historical context to the Mercury 7, here is a great documentary about NASAs race to the moon. Narrated by Deke Slayton, one of the Mercury 7. It covers a great deal about those original 7, with a lot of interviews, and about their impact on the space program.
This is a great podcast about the history of spaceflight, called the Space Rocket History Podcast. It has a lot of great episodes about the Mercury 7, and that time in NASA.
Here are some links about the Rockets that took the Mercury spacecraft into space, and about the Mercury Program its self.
Photos for Expedition CMDRs: