50th Anniversary

John Glenn, one of the Mercury astronauts, was the first American to orbit the earth. Fifty years ago today, on Feb 20, 1962, an Atlas launch vehicle propelled a Mercury spacecraft into Earth orbit and enabled Glenn to circle Earth three times. The flight lasted a total of 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds before the Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down in the ocean. Most major systems worked smoothly, and the flight was a great success as an engineering feat.

Here in Austin, residential development was spreading north along the Georgetown Highway (aka Lamar Boulevard). By the mid-1960s, Barrington Elementary was open, with surrounding streets named after the Mercury 7 astronauts – Shepard, Grissom, Glenn, Carpenter, Schirra, Cooper, and Slayton.

Are you one of the early residents of the “Mercury 7” streets? Did you or your children attend Barrington in the sixties? Please share your memories and photos.


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The North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood is a diverse and connected mixed-use area bounded by 183, North Lamar, Braker, and I-35. The "North Lamar/Georgian Acres contact team" (NLCT) works to achieve our vision of a safe healthy neighborhood for residents, property owners, and businesses.
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