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 53 years ago today - NASA introduces the Mercury 7 Astronauts
Flashman  [Team Member]
4/9/2012 3:58:35 PM EDT
Over 50 years - hard for someone my age to believe.

At the time my Mom and I lived with my grandparents in Cocoa Beach while my Dad was assigned to a USMC duty station where dependants were not allowed. Cocoa Beach was a small town then. My grandparents house was on the beach, about where the Royal office building is now.

Once in a while we saw a Astronaut or two driving around in their Jim Rathman supplied ‘vetts.

It’s hard for me to describe how high these seven military pilots were regarded at the time. I can’t think of any group of people since who commanded a similar level of celebrity and respect. I can think of several who deserved it, but never got it. Sigh.

My grandfather was the engineer in charge of the optical tracking camera system that filmed every rocket launch. A few weeks before John Glenns’ orbital flight he arranged for us meet Mr. Glenn.

You can still see my grandfathers camera towers as you drive along A1A in Brevard county. A couple of them are at Patrick, most at Cape Canaveral, and more along the beach at Playlinda and north.

Just reminiscing. I was 9 when Alan Shepard became the first American in space.

NASA Mercury site.

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PR361  [Team Member]
4/9/2012 7:06:36 PM EDT
I had a wild hair a month ago and bought the movie "The Right Stuff" on Amazon.

Still held up well, long, as it should be to do that period justice.

I was just a wee lad during the Mercury program, but I remember watching the Gemini and Apollo missions on TV.

Pop flew some guidance circuts on Apollo, he was a micro electronics designer for Martin Marrietta.

We need that kind of national committment to moving the country ahead again.
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