09-04-1959 - On this day, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) introduces America’s first astronauts to the press: Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper Jr., John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr., and Donald Slayton. The seven men, all military test pilots, were carefully selected from a group of 32 candidates to take part in Project Mercury, America’s first manned space program. NASA planned to begin manned orbital flights in 1961.
NASA selected Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper in 1959 as one of the 7 astronauts for their Mercury Project. In 1 1/2 days, the Faith 7 spacecraft orbited the Earth 22 times. (photo: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Collection)
Mercury Glass tile in the color Gilt completes the look of any kitchen back splash or bathroom tiling project. The product is a 1”x4”x12"x12" staggered glass mosaic offered in six multi-colors. This Mercury Glass has a beautiful iridescent, metallic quality—and it features an underlying graphic image that creates a highly unusual stone/metal/glass fusion-textured effect. This tile can be installed on a back splash or wall.