[FPSPACE] Fwd: [lunar-update] Aurora 7 Recording

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Subject: [lunar-update] Aurora 7 Recording
Aurora 7 Recording

Mark suggested that perhaps I might enjoy this recording.ᅵ It's of the Aurora 7 flight.
It is audio only with snap shots of the 33 1/3 RPM vinyl record and coverï¿œsleeve.
It is stereo with Mercury Ground Control on one channel and Scott Carpenter on the other.
The recording is only 13:43 minutes and listen very closely to what goes right and what is not so good.
- LRK -

Aurora 7 Recording

Published onï¿œJan 9, 2013

>From a mail-order placed in September 1962 the original recording of 'America's First Man in Orbit' was sold on 33 1/3 vinyl to relive the exciting new territory from the comfort of your living room.


I sent this NASA YouTube link back to Mark and it has a lot of images and more about the problems encountered.
Again I would suggest listening closely and observe just how a human can make up for when automatic sequences go amiss.ᅵ

This clip is only 10:53 minutes and ends with quick history scan from Mercury to the shuttle and an ad for the new Orion capsule. Again, listen closely and this time reflect on where we might go in the future.
- LRK -ᅵ

Scott Carpenter & Aurora 7

Published onï¿œMay 22, 2012

Fifty years later, the flight of the fourth American in space (and second to orbit the Earth) is celebrated in this video tribute to Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter produced by NASA Television.


Science & Technology<https://www.youtube.com/science>


Standard YouTube License


Some info from Wikipedia should you care to remember or learn what you might not have been around to experience in real-time. ï¿œSome of us are getting old and need a refresher course. Some of you may be a bit younger. :-)
- LRK -


Mercury-Atlas 7ï¿œwas the second American orbitalï¿œMercury program<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_program>ï¿œmanned space mission<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manned_space_mission>, launched May 24, 1962. The Mercury spacecraft was namedï¿œAurora 7ï¿œand made three Earth orbits, piloted by astronautï¿œScott Carpenter<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Carpenter>. A targeting mishap during reentry took the spacecraft 250 miles (about 400ï¿œkm) off course, delaying recovery of Carpenter and the craft. The mission used Mercury spacecraft No. 18 andï¿œAtlas launch vehicle<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas_LV-3B>ï¿œNo. 107-D.


Corroborate man-in orbit ᅵ
Russia had orbited Yuri Gagarin in 1961, now could the Americans do it. (man -- in orbit)
On 12 April 1961, aboard theᅵVostok 3KA-3ᅵ(Vostok 1<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vostok_1>), Gagarin became both the first human to travel intoᅵspace<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_space>, and the first toᅵorbit<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbit_(celestial_mechanics)>ᅵthe earth. His call sign was Kedr (Cedar<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedrus>,ᅵRussian<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_language>:ᅵ????).[12]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin#cite_note-12>
- LRK -

MA-7 (24)

Aurora 7<http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/history/mercury/ma-7/ma-7.html>
Pad LC-14 ()
Atlas (7)


M.ï¿œScott Carpenter<http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/persons/astronauts/a-to-d/CarpenterS.txt>

Spacecraft No. 18 (Aurora 7<http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/history/mercury/ma-7/ma-7.html>), Vehicle Number 107-D

Mission Objective:

Corroborate man-in orbit


May 24, 1962. 7:45:16 EST. The launch countdown proceeded almost perfectly, with only a last-minute hold of 45 minutes occuring at the T-11 minutes mark in anticipation of better camera coverage and to allow aircraft to check the atmospheric refraction index in the vicinity of Cape Canaveral. The launch vehicle used to accelerate Carpenter and theï¿œAurora 7<http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/history/mercury/ma-7/ma-7.html>ï¿œspacecraft was an Atlas D. The differences between the Atlas 107-D launch vehicle and the Atlas 109-D used for MA-6 involved retention of the insulation bulkhead and reduction of the staging time from 131.3 to 130.1 seconds after liftoff.

The performance of the launch vehicle was exceptionally good with the countdown, launch and insertion conforming very closely to planned conditions. At sustainer engine cuttof (SECO) at T+5min10sec, all spacecraft and launch vehicle systems were go and only one anomaly occured during launch. The abort sensing and implementation system (ASIS) Hydraulic switch No. 2 for the sustainer engine actuated to the abort position at 4:25 minutes after liftoff. Pressure transducer H52P for the sustainer hydraulic accumulator was apparently faulty and showed a gradual decrease in pressure from 2,940 psia to 0 between 190 and 312 seconds after liftoff. Another transducer in the sustainer control circuit indicated that pressure had remained at proper levels so the switch did not actuate until the normal time after SECO.


Altitude: 166.8 by 99.9 statute miles
Orbits: 3
Period: 88min 32 secs
Duration: 0 Days, 4 hours, 56 min, 5 seconds
Distance: 76,021 statute miles
Velocity: 17,549
Max Q: 967
Max G: 7.8

Who will provide a stereo version of the next flight to the Moon that we can tap into on the Internet?

On the shoulders of those that have gone before may we continue to build anew.
- LRK -

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Mercury Program

Started in 1958, Project Mercury was the United States' first manned spacecraft program. The program included a number of unmanned test flights, some including primates, prior to flying human astronauts.

A total of six manned missions were flown. Two suborbital missions were followed by four orbital missions. Suborbital missions were launched usingï¿œRedstone rockets<http://historicspacecraft.com/Rockets_Redstone.html>, while orbital flights were made usingï¿œAtlas launchers<http://historicspacecraft.com/Rockets_Atlas.html>.

Carpenter versus Aurora 7
Posted onï¿œMay 25, 2012<http://amyshirateitel.com/2012/05/25/carpenter-versus-aurora-7/>ï¿œbyï¿œasteitel<http://amyshirateitel.com/author/asteitel/>
On May 24, 1962, NASA narrowly escaped its first fatality in space. When Scott Carpenter reentered the atmosphere at the end of his Aurora 7 orbital flight, no one in mission control knew where he was going to land. They didn't even know whether he'd be dead or alive when they found him.



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