REDHAWK'S Space History Page:
This page is just a sample of American Space History information.  I hope you enjoy this bit of historical information.
Mercury was the first of the American manned space projects.  "The Original Mercury 7" were the first seven astronauts to enter NASA.

The original 7 included:  John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil I. "Guss" Grissom, Alan B. Shepard Jr., Walter M. Schirra Jr., M. Scott Carpenter, Donald "Deke" Slayton, and L. Gordon Cooper Jr. "Gordo".
Gemini was the second of the American manned space projects.  The name is derived from Greek mythology, the twins.  This was a two man capsule, hence the name.
Apollo was the American space project that was destined for the moon.  With its 3 man crew, this capsule, along with the lunar lander, journeyed accross the vast emptiness, to land on our moon.

Apollo 11, was the first of many to make this journey, and return.
The Apollo 11 crew was: Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr., Neil Armstrong, and Micahel Collins.  Buzz and Neil took the "Eagle" lander down to the moons surface, while Collins remained in the command module, orbiting the moon.
The Space Shuttle is NASA's current space vehicle, used for deploying satellites, and more recently, aiding in construction of the International Space Station.  The shuttle is reusable, able to be launched into space and return to land on a special airstrip.  Controlled pretty much like an airplane, it has landing gear, flaps and rudder control surfaces.
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These mission patches, and others, can be found on the NASA website, they are property of NASA.  Just follow this link to the patches page.
Here is a link to a NASA history of EVA's. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file, if you dont have Acrobat Reader, CLICK HERE, then select download, to download it.
For more information on these projects, just click on the mission patch.
Skylab was America's first orbital space station.  It was intended to be a medical and scientific research station.