Final Evaluation
 
For the final selection of astronauts, representatives met at NASA's Langley Research Center, Va.  Included were representatives of both medical and technical fields from NASA, the USAF Aerospace Medical Laboratory, and the Lovelace Foundation.

On April 2, 1959, NASA announced that seven astronauts had been chosen for Project Mercury.  They were: Lt. Malcolm S. Carpenter, USN; Capt. Leroy G. Cooper, Jr., USAF; Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, USMC; Capt. Virgil I. Grissom, USAF; Lt. Comdr. Walter M. Schirra, Jr., USN; Lt. Comdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., USN; and Capt. Donald K. Slayton, USAF.19 Within the next 24 months these names were to become household words throughout the world names that symbolized the dreams and hopes of mankind throughout the free world that space would truly be explored for the benefit of all mankind.

According to the Lovelace report:
 

Senate Report 1014 gave substantially the same information:
 

19.  We Seven (New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1962), written by the astronauts, recounts their personal experiences, including their reactions to the medical tests performed.

20.  Lovelace et al., op. cit., p. 681.

21.  Project Mercury: Man-in-Space Program of the NASA, op. cit., p. 43.


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