White House Photographs
President John F. Kennedy (bottom left) stands with the seven astronauts of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Project Mercury, during the presentation ceremony of the 1962 Robert J. Collier Trophy. The astronauts are (L-R): Major Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom (in front), Commander Walter M. Schirra, Lieutenant Commander M. Scott Carpenter, Major L. Gordon Cooper (in front), Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr., Major Donald K. “Deke” Slayton, and Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr. Also pictured: White House Secret Service agents, Jack Ready and Bill Payne; Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, General Curtis E. LeMay; Cdr. Schirra's wife, Jo Schirra; Maj. Slayton's wife, Marjorie Slayton; Secretary of the Navy, Fred Korth; Maj. Grissom's mother, Cecile Grissom; Lt. Col. Glenn's wife, Annie Glenn; Cdr. Shepard's wife, Louise Shepard; Maj. Grissom's wife, Betty Grissom; and National Park Service (NPS) Photographer, Abbie Rowe. Rose Garden, White House, Washington, D.C.