Man in Space Soonest

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Man In Space Soonest (MISS) was a United States Air Force (USAF) program to put a man into outer space before the Soviet Union. The program was cancelled on August 1, 1958, and was replaced by NASA's Project Mercury. Only two men from the program would actually reach outer space. The first, Joseph A. Walker, did so twice in two X-15 rocket plane tests in 1963. Another, Neil Armstrong, became a NASA astronaut in 1962 and became the first person to walk on the Moon in 1969.

Astronaut candidates

Spacecraft proposals from different companies.

MISS would have used a Thor booster, then later an Atlas, to launch a single-man spacecraft into orbit. The Air Force selected on June 25, 1958[1] the following nine men to be astronauts for the program:

See also


  1. ^ MISS' selection date Archived 2006-02-11 at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Encyclopedia Astronautica entry.
  • "First Up?", Tony Reichhardt, Air & Space Magazine, August/September 2000.
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