In 1959, Project Mercury became the United States' maiden space programme. This is the story of that programme, told through beautiful archive footage.
Visit http://rigb.org/advent for your daily instalment in the Ri advent calendar, A Place Called Space.
Shortly after NASA formed, Project Mercury took form. The goal: to send a man to space and return him safely. Already lagging seriously behind in the space race, America needed to move fast.
‘A Place Called Space’ is the 2015 Royal Institution advent calendar. Every day in the run up to Christmas we'll be releasing an original piece of content exploring the human experience and cultural significance of space travel. With hand-drawn animations, experiments in zero gravity, interviews with astronauts and creative data visualisations, the calendar will fire you into space every morning.
'A Place Called Space' channels the voices of seasoned astronauts and expert scientists through the eyes of a team of talented animators, film-makers and artists, bringing you a thought-provoking gem to kick-start each day.
Check it out at http://rigb.org/advent
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