The 1962 Mercury mission that made pilot John Glenn the first American to reach Earth orbit, with three orbits before re-entry.
Beyond a repeat of Mercury 6, an important flight packed with science experiments, which allowed pilot Scott Carpenter to solve Glenn's "firefly" mystery.
The mission that performed the first orbital maneuvers by a manned spacecraft, and which was the first manned flight of the Gemini spacecraft.
All Missions (in chronological order)
The first human space flight
First American manned mission
Second American manned mission
First American to reach earth orbit
Second American orbital mission
First Gemini mission
First person to walk on the moon
A mission with a problem