Space and Popular Culture

NASA’s Project Mercury in general and John Glenn’s Friendship 7 space flight in particular inspired U.S. businesses to produce a variety of items in response to the nation’s interest in manned space flight and exploration.

Astronaut mask made by Yogg and Company of Newark, New Jersey, with children’s menu printed on the reverse side for Kaplan’s Restaurant in Houston, Texas. The meals are named for six of the Mercury astronauts.

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