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Yes, and non explosively at that. A "forward pressure hatch" was provided for unaided, albeit slow access by the crewmember. Doesn't look easy though. Only used on a real mission once, by Carpenter. Heroic Relics Mercury Hatch


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It was via an "Explosive Hatch". This design was first used with the second crewed Mercury Flight, Alan Shepard didn't have such an ability, although he did have a manual latch. The explosive hatch weighed less, and thus was preferred for the orbital missions.


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