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Friendship 7 Gallery


Detail of the discolored area at the center of the spacecraft's heatshield.

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At first, I thought that this discolored circle was because Glenn left his retropack on during reentry, but after reviewing my photos of other Mercury spacecraft, I've seen similar markings on them.

Heat shield on Friendship 7 at National Air & Space Museum.
Time picture taken Tue Jun 19 15:28:28 2007
Location picture taken Milestones of Flight Gallery
National Air & Space Museum
Washington, DC
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