4/21/1959 — Capt. Virgil Gus Grissom, one of the hot jet pilots nominated to man a satellite, slowed down for this family picture during an unannounced visit to his home town. Grissom and his wife, Betty, stand behind their sons, Scott, 9, and Mark, 4. In back are his parents Dennis Grissom and Cecil Grissom.
A periscope allowed astronaut Alan Shepard to see out of his Mercury capsule during flight. In this photo, fellow astronaut Gus Grissom looks at the periscope from the outside shortly before launch. Grissom would be America’s next man in space. (NASA Langley Research Center | Courtesy photo)