20 Photos From The Early Days Of NASA (1960s)

A group of the wives of Project Mercury astronauts relax and talk together in Virginia, 1959. They are, clockwise from lower left, Rene Carpenter (with platinum blond hair), Annie Glenn, Jo Schirra, Betty Grissom (on couch at right), Marjorie Slayton (on floor at right), and Trudy Cooper (standing with serving tray).

In this 1962 photo, a briefing is given by Major Rocco Petrone to President John F. Kennedy during a tour of Blockhouse 34 at the Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex.

A lab technician tests a model of the Apollo Block II Saturn I for aerodynamic integrity in 1963.