The "Mercury 7" are pictured in front. They are the first group of astronauts and were the crews of the Mercury Missions. "The New Nine" are standing in the back. They are the second group of astronauts set for the Apollo Missions. All of these men are BADASSES. 7 went to the moon, 4 walked on the moon, 3 died during the program, I flew Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, 2 flew on the Space Shuttle, 2 flew Apollo/ Soyuz,1 flew Skylab.