Take A Look Inside NASA In The ’50s

Here’s what the beginning of the Space Age looked like.

1. In 1958, a scientist works on preparing a rocket for launch.

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2. Welcome to Hotel NASA. Here’s a bedroom at NASA in 1950.

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3. Cape Canaveral in 1958.

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4. 1959: Astronauts on the Project Mercury mission — the first human spaceflight mission ever. We were working on beating the Russians then.

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5. A Project Mercury astronaut trains in a water tank, practicing escape after landing.

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6. A NASA dining room and lounge in 1950.

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7. In 1959, astronaut John Glenn trains in a model spaceship.

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8. Here in 1950, engineers test out a NASA vehicle for lunar missions.

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9. At Langley in 1959, an astronaut trains on a hydraulic orbital altitude simulator.

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10. A Project Mercury astronaut looks over his spacesuit.

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11. Chairs are molded to each astronaut.

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12. Studying alpha rays at NASA in 1957 when there was still interest in developing nuclear-powered aircraft.

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13. In the ’40s and ’50s NASA actively recruited women for computing work. Here, in 1952, a female employee is at work at Langley Research Center.

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14. In 1959, the wives of the Project Mercury astronauts pose for a photo.

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