Group shot of Mercury Seven astronaut wives taken in 1963 at a Ladies Auxiliary event in Washington, D.C. From left are: Carpenter, Cooper, Glenn, Grissom, Schirra, Shepard and Slayton. Credit: NASA via Retro Space Images
Website traffic recently has made it clear that lots of you are watching the television show ‘The Astronauts Wives Club’ on ABC. The show had a strong debut, even increasing its audience during the second half hour of the first episode. More than 90 percent of first-week viewers came back for the second episode, promising continuing success for the limited-run summer show.
We thought it would be nice to give you a look at a few vintage photos of the real women of the original Astronaut Wives Club (as well as the husbands too). As of this posting (June 27, 2015), Rene Carpenter, Annie Glenn and Betty Grissom are the last three of the original seven Mercury astronaut wives still alive.
Rene Carpenter at a post-flight press conference for the Mercury-Atlas 7 mission at Cape Canaveral on May 27, 1962. Credit: NASA via Retro Space Images
Trudy Cooper at Hickam AFB after completion of the Mercury-Atlas 9 mission on May 18, 1963. Credit: NASA via Retro Space Images
Annie Glenn at home in Virginia during November of 1961. Credit: NASA via Retro Space Images
Betty Grissom at a post-flight press conference for Mercury-Redstone 4 in Cocoa Beach on July 22, 1961. Credit NASA via Retro Space Images
Jo Schirra at home in 1961. Credit: NASA via Retro Space Images.
Louise Shepard with Jackie Kennedy after the Mercury-Redstone 3 mission. Credit: NASA via Retro Space Images
Marge and Deke Slayton with son Kent in 1974. Credit: NASA via Retro Space Images
The Mercury Seven astronauts:
NASA’s original astronauts – the Mercury Seven – with a U.S. Air Force F-106B jet aircraft. From left to right: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, Deke Slayton. Credit: NASA
ABC’s iteration of The Astronaut Wives Club:
Yvonne Strahovski as Rene Carpenter. Credit: ABC/Bob D’Amico
Odette Annable as Trudy Cooper. Credit: ABC/Bob D’Amico
Azure Parsons as Annie Glenn. Credit: ABC/Bob D’Amico
JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Betty Grissom. Credit: ABC/Bob D’Amico
Zoe Boyle as Jo Schirra. Credit: ABC/Bob D’Amico
Dominique McElligott as Louise Shepard. Credit: ABC/Bob D’Amico
Erin Cummings as Marge Slayton. Credit: ABC/Bob D’Amico
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