White House Photographs
President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy visit with six of the Mercury Seven astronauts and their wives in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, Washington, D.C.; President Kennedy presented the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) to astronaut Major L. Gordon Cooper earlier in the day. Seated (L-R): Jo Schirra, Betty Grissom, Major Cooper. Standing (L-R): Commander Walter M. Schirra, Louise Shepard, President Kennedy, Mrs. Kennedy, Rene Carpenter, Commander Alan B. Shepard, Trudy Cooper, Lieutenant Commander M. Scott Carpenter, Major Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Marjorie Slayton, Major Donald K. “Deke” Slayton.