People, Jun. 1, 1959

While preparing for the rigors of outer space, the nation's seven Project Mercury Astronauts (TIME, April 20) also familiarized themselves with the hazards of plain water, which they will not find on any lunar expedition but might encounter on their return to earth. The space pioneers, learning how to cope with an impromptu dunking in underwater-survival school at a Navy base in Norfolk: Air Force Captain Leroy G. Cooper Jr., 32, Navy Lieut. Commander Walter M. Schirra Jr., 36, Navy Lieut. Malcolm S. Carpenter, 33, Navy Lieut. Commander Alan B. Shepard Jr., 35,...

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