Course NumberPM-05-107
PDH Hours5
Price$120
Project Mercury

America’s Greatest Projects and Their Engineers IV

Author: Dominic Perrotta

This fourth course in the series of America’s Greatest Projects and their Engineers describes the perseverance as well as the innovations developed and implemented on Project Mercury at a critical time in our nation’s history. It also highlights the extensive careers of the seven brave men who volunteered to go up into space when so much was still unknown. As Project Mercury achieved increasing success in its missions, it was followed by millions on radio and TV around the world. Its technological achievements laid the groundwork for the next two phases of the U. S. Space Program.

The next phase after Project Mercury was Project Gemini, which carried two astronauts in each capsule, and perfected space docking and other important space maneuvers. These were essential components for the manned lunar landings in the subsequent Apollo Program that was encouraged by President Kennedy just a few weeks after the first manned Project Mercury flight. When the Mercury Project ended in May 1963, both the United States and the Soviet Union had each sent six people into space, but the Soviets still led the U.S. in total time spent in space. The NASA organization, the U. S. Government, and our astronauts were determined and committed to changing that paradigm. However, this course stops with the conclusion of Project Mercury and does not continue with the more expansive space programs of Project Gemini or Apollo.

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 5 PDH credits

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Gain an understanding of why the USA moved forward with the project despite indifference and a minimum of public and government support.
  • Learn why the USSR was able to outpace the USA in the early years of the “Space Race”.
  • Recognize the effort to place the space program under one responsible agency.
  • Discover how leadership played such a major factor in one of the most significant projects in the history of the United States.
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