The Mercury Friendship 7 Spacecraft on Tour

The Mercury "Friendship 7" Spacecraft on Tour after the Historic Flight

he Mercury MA-6 capsule Friendship 7 (right, mounted on transport trailer) is saluted by a trumpeting elephant at Katunayake Airport, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), following a three-day exhibition in Colombo, July 1, 1962.  To promote the U.S. space program – and U.S. interests generally – Friendship 7 made a "fourth orbit," a world tour.