Assembling the Mercury Capsule
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: New February 2023! Connect with Mercury mission engineers and go into the white room at McDonnell in the 1950s to see how the Mercury capsule was assembled.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Space-30**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video in conjunction with your study of American and/or world history focused on events of the 1960s.
    • Before viewing the video, ask students if they’ve ever heard the term “white room” and what they think it might mean. Then view the video and find out.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.