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Photograph of Astronauts John H. Glenn and M. Scott Carpenter Making Last Minute Checks Prior to Aurora 7 Launch

Photograph of Astronauts John H. Glenn and M. Scott Carpenter Making Last Minute Checks Prior to Aurora 7 Launch

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Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Last minute checks - Astronaut John H. Glenn, the U.S. first space pilot makes last minute preparations with Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter prior to the flight of MA-7. Astronaut Carpenter was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral at 7:45 a.m. and entered orbit approximately 5 minutes later.
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