Mercury 7 Expedition - A tribute to Americas First Astronauts



The Mercury 7 (NASA Astronaut Group 1)


"Whatever happens, keep the dream alive"
Deke Slayton
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.

Expedition Patch
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)
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xSF3zs--koiZJzWO1TYDnlXMs60GyvZZcmNR-DxAfos

Route with Waypoints (EDSM)
https://www.edsm.net/en/expeditions/summary/id/17/name/Mercury+7+Expedition


Background and interesting information

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_Seven


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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jia78xRMTEc

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.
http://spacerockethistory.com

Here are some links about the Rockets that took the Mercury spacecraft into space, and about the Mercury Program its self.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Mercury

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury-Redstone_Launch_Vehicle

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas_LV-3B

Photos for Expedition CMDRs:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0ByaNgwgEXFL5cHpkSloxa0ptb3M

Many Thanks

Commander Yanick
o7

#Mercury7
 
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Great initiative :) I am looking forward to what this expedition might find!

The route you suggest will take you into some interesting and very rarely travelled regions of the galaxy. Wagar´s Reach, Zephyrus, the edges of the Outer Arm Rift, the Orio-Persean Conflux, Ishtar...

And speaking of Ishtar... Why not spend some time there trying to solve the mystery of the region? (See GMP entry below).

 
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Corbin Moran. Yes indeed. Ishtar is one of the places I saw were hardly explored, and looking intreguing on the map.
I hope we can find great new wonders in that place.
 
There is a Planetary Nebula that I've discovered by the name of Scauliae VK-0 e6-35 near your route (That 0 may be an O).

It might be too off course however, but there is an untagged Brown Dwarf there
 
I see you're a member of CCN. We're building the CCN website; if you ever want more exposure, make your expedition a CCN-sponsored expedition and you'll get a webpage with cool stuff for it. We'd gladly provide help, our last two are completed or just about to be :D
 

Jon474

Banned
I'm heading along that way at the minute although I am still c25K LY out from the Ishtar Region.

Any chance I can head your way from the "North-East"?

Flying happy
Jon
Type-6 E
 
I'm heading along that way at the minute although I am still c25K LY out from the Ishtar Region.

Any chance I can head your way from the "North-East"?

Flying happy
Jon
Type-6 E
Sure you can join us. We won't be leaving for another three months. So there is plenty of time :)
 
Thanks Erimus!
It's all coming together now, piece by picece

Also thanks to the amazing Qohen Leth, for the final version of the Expedition Patch.
 
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Great initiative :) I am looking forward to what this expedition might find!

The route you suggest will take you into some interesting and very rarely travelled regions of the galaxy. Wagar´s Reach, Zephyrus, the edges of the Outer Arm Rift, the Orio-Persean Conflux, Ishtar...

And speaking of Ishtar... As a cartographer of the Elite Galaxy - and ideed the one who put the Ishtar region on the map - I would like to suggest that you make a basecamp in that region as well. Why not spend some time there trying to solve the mystery of the region? (See GMP entry below).
One of my accounts remains at Colonia at the moment. I'm hoping that Wagar can reach Wagar's reach... ;) it would be good to meet up with the expedition!

Cheers,

Drew.
 
One of my accounts remains at Colonia at the moment. I'm hoping that Wagar can reach Wagar's reach... ;) it would be good to meet up with the expedition!

Cheers,

Drew.
Sure thing Drew. It'll be great to have you join us!
If all goes to plan, the expedition should arrive at the Wagars Reach waypoint on April 2nd.

Thanks
CMDR Yanick
o7
 
Sure thing Drew. It'll be great to have you join us!
If all goes to plan, the expedition should arrive at the Wagars Reach waypoint on April 2nd.

Thanks
CMDR Yanick
o7
I'd better set out now then - given the amount of free time I have. What is the system name for the Wagar's reach waypoint?

Cheers,

Drew.
 
Would spriitual guidance be welcomed as you venture into the void? If so, I quite fancy taking Sister Tenebrae out for this one - it feels very appropriate for a Missionaire of Enblackenment :)
 
I'd better set out now then - given the amount of free time I have. What is the system name for the Wagar's reach waypoint?

Cheers,

Drew.

The waypoint out there will be at the Osprey Stellar Remnant, Eos Brai KR-W e1-4.

o7
Yanick
 
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