Photo 51's Friendship Seven Firefly

Mercury Project Litter ~ Green Boy

Named after John Glenn's NASA mission, the Friendship Seven, the first ever to orbit the earth, Fly's whole litter has a story behind it.

The Mercury Project Litter is our first sole breeding at Photo 51.
Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States running from 1959 through 1963. There were seven original astronauts of the Mercury team who trained together extensively and became something of a family. Even though each mission would be manned by only one of the astronauts, they all agreed that the word "Seven" would be in the call name of each of the flights to show their unity as a team and to give credit to ALL members rather than just the pilot of the mission.  

This is much like the Samoyed breeding, showing, and adoring program I am involved with. There are many people to thank for the puppies in this litter, and there are many people pulling for them. While this may be a Photo 51 litter, it has been undoubtedly a group effort to get here, it will be a group effort going forward, and I couldn't do it without the wonderful family I have come to know and love in Samoyeds. Being an individual with great notoriety might be the goal of some breeders, but a wonderful group of support and teamwork is the place for me and my dogs. 

From the radio transcript of Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission:
John Glenn: "This is Friendship Seven. I’ll try to describe what I’m in here. I am in a big mass of some very small particles that are brilliantly lit up like they’re luminescent. I never saw anything like it. They round a little; they’re coming by the capsule, and they look like little stars. A whole shower of them coming by.

As Glenn stared in awe at the glowing bits, mission control was worried that it was pieces of the capsule’s heat shield disintegrating, possibly dooming the Marine to be the first man to die in space. After all he was reaching speeds of nearly 17,000 miles per hour.

Later that year when Glenn’s colleague Scott Carpenter made the same trip on the Aurora 7 capsule he also saw the fireflies.  NASA scientists deduced they were really just illuminated frost flakes that had accumulated on the outside of the capsule as it burst out of the earth’s grasp and began to fall away, looking like what could be fireflies flying off into space. Carpenter was able to tap the walls of the capsule and make the flakes float off.
Fly was whelped March 9th, 2016 and he's been quite the adventure!

Dam:  CH Bilrost's Dark Side of the Rainbow (Synnie)  CHIC
Sire:  CH Hawkwind's ArticCross Emerald  (Rico)  CHIC

Eyes:  NORMAL w/ Breeder Option:Distichiasis
PRA: Normal by Parentage
RD/OSD: Normal by Parentage

Fly on the OFA Website
Fly's Pedigree

Fly's first show wasn't perfect, but it was a good experience for him and for that I am extremely grateful to breeder judge, Lynette Blue.  I was completely floored when he was pulled as Best of Winners for two points.  We've got a long way to go, but I think he's going to be easy to show some day, like his Mama, whom I LOVED showing.