A newspaper headline from 1958. Many unmanned moon rockets exploded in the first tries.
Headlines: October 5, 1957 and December 6, 1957. Los Angeles Times.
Here are some designs, difficulties and triumphs of the 1950's space race. The 1961 Mercury is part of the body of spacecraft designs that inspired Archigram's various capsule type structures.
A diagram of a spacecraft. published in 1961. The Mercury project was released in 1958 and underwent sever subsequent iterations. The project had two successful manned launches and several unmanned orbits.