Mercury 6

The Stamps and Patches of Mercury 6

 

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Mercury 6

Flight MR6 – Friendship 7

20 February 1962 

4 h. 55 min 23s

John Glenn

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, became a national hero. He flew three times around the world in a blaze of publicity. This was due in no small part to the man’s personality and boy-next-door image and to the fact that the USA was catching up with Russia.

The flight was a success, although there was a scary moment when a signal indicated that Glenn’s heat shield was loose and might not survive the re-entry. But this proved not to be the case and Friendship 7 came down in the Atlantic and was hauled aboard the USS Noa, with John Glenn still inside.

Mercury 6 Stamps

The flight of Mercury 6 has proved to be popular with over 30 countries over the years celebrating America’s first man in space. Only five countries issued stamps in 1962 for the flight with the American stamp being the one that is well known. All of the other countries celebrated Glenn’s flight on the anniversary of the flight or as a space achievements. Below is a list of the following countries that have issued stamps for Mercury 6. Also below are some of the stamps that were issued.

Ascension 1971 (SG 141)

Ascension 1975 (SG 192)

Ascension 1987 (SG 428-31 – m/s 432)

Benin 1982 (SG 848)

Benin 1983 (SG 900)

Bulgaria 1967 (SG 1751)

Czechoslovakia 1964 (SG 1418)

Djibouti 1982 (SG 840)

Gambia 1988 (SG 785)

Grenada 1989 (SG 2023)

Grenada Grenadines 1991 (SG 1372)

Guinea 1992 (SG 1509)

Guyana 1994 (SG 4171)

Haiti 1962 (SG 795-98)

Hungary 1962 (SG m/s 1794a)

Hungary 1962 (SG 1845)

Hungary 1964 (SG 1966)

Maldives Islands 1994 (SG 484 / 489)

Marshall Islands 1987 (SG 115-16)

Marshall Islands 1989 (SG 263)

Micronesia 1987 (SG 68)

Mongolia 1969 (SG 548)

Panama 1962 (SG 769-72 / m/s 773)

Panama 1963 (SG 781-83)

Panama 1963 (SG 793-94)

Panama 1963 (SG 796-97)

Poland 1963 (SG 1429)

Qatar 1966 (SG 135)

Ras al Khaima 1965 (SG 9)

Ras al Khaima 1966 (SG 43)

Rumania 1964 (SG 3097)

Rumania 1964 (SG 3107)

Kathiri State of Seiyun 1967 (SG 119)

Saint Vincent 1998 (SG 4139)

Senegal 1992 (SG 1214-17)

Sierra Leone 1988 (SG 1168)

Tanzania 1992 (SG 1330)

Togo 1962 (SG 301ab)

Turks and Caicos 1972 (SG 361-64)

Turks and Caicos 1977 (SG 476)

Turks and Caicos 1977 (SG 480)

Turks and Caicos 1983 (SG 755)

Turks and Caicos 1988 (SG m/s 921)

Turks and Caicos 1992 (SG 1165)

Uganda 1986 (SG 516)

Uganda 1986 (SG 545)

Uganda 1994 (SG 1364)

U.S.A. 1962 (SG 1192)

Mercury 6 Mission Patches

 

Glenn chose to name his capsule Friendship-7 to underscore the importance of space exploration for the entire world. He also wanted to stress how much Earth itself is simply a neighbourhood. The “Friendship 7” artwork was designed and applied to the capsule by Chrysler-artist Cecelia Bibby.

For more information on patches see www.spacepatches.info

 

 

 

 

 

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