Take on the role of an antiques appraiser and research this artifact. Which president is associated with this artifact and what presidential power does it represent? The more information you provide, the more valuable the artifact.
This 3D printable model was created by a student in Ms. Relator's US Government class at Dominion HS in Virginia. Find out more about the Mystery Artifact lesson at https://www.lcps.org/Page/186358
Mystery artifact created by,
This is not a remix. The shuttle is made out of metal. steel, and chemicals to fuel the rockets on the bottom. It's unique because it could fit one man and it was the first carrier to allow a man to orbit around Earth.
This is the Friendship 7 capsule, aka Mercury 7 capsule. It was launched on February 20, 1962. It was ordered to go on January 27, 1962.
- This artifact belongs to NASA
- It took off on February 20, 1962, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
- It carried John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit Earth
- The project it flew for is named after the first planet in our solar system
Significance and Research
This is the Mercury 7 aka Friendship 7 capsule.
Details about the Object:
It’s a spacecraft designed to carry one man around the Earth and return safely.
President Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic Party
President Kennedy gave an executive order to provide funding to help build the spacecraft and to help to program succeed. President Kennedy strongly encouraged the space program, promising to put a man on the moon before 1970. Kennedy got to see the capsule first hand before it took off, and got to talk with and eventually become close friends with John Glenn, who flew the capsule around the Earth.
Impact on America/ Significance:
The Friendship 7 capsule is “the third human spaceflight for the U.S. and part of Project Mercury. Conducted by NASA on February 20, 1962, the mission was piloted by astronaut John Glenn, who performed three orbits of the Earth, making him the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth” (Swenson). This mission helped start the Space Race between the Soviet Union, and because of constant pressure to be better than them, America became a well-respected country after placing a man on the moon.
I chose this President and artifact because I love space, and the idea of putting a man into space and having the President of the United States support science is really fascinating. I believe Kennedy was our greatest president and achieved many great things.