Recently got a hard question from an observant, sharp-eyed, and curious high school astronomy teacher:
Reference this article about some of the training the Mercury Seven astronauts did. Note that the photos that feature dates in their captions seem to have been taken in 1959/1960 (FWIW, this was well before Deke Slayton was taken off of flight status).
Said teacher had a question about the following photo, which appeared in said article:
Close scrutiny of said photo will reveal that six of the pictured "couches" appear to be assigned to six of the seven Mercury Seven astronauts. However, there does not appear to be a couch assigned to Deke Slayton. Instead, the "oddball" couch appears to be emblazoned with the stenciled letters B. NOR. (said couch is the one furthest to the right in the photo).
Deke Slayton does not appear to have a couch. Any ideas as to what is going on here?
My pathetic Google-fu was worthless...again!