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John Glenn reunites with Mercury team
CBSnews.com ^ | February 18, 2012

Posted on 02/18/2012 7:18:52 PM PST by Deo volente

(AP) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - John Glenn joined the proud, surviving veterans of NASA's Project Mercury on Saturday in celebrating the 50th anniversary of his historic orbital flight.

The first American to orbit the Earth thanked the approximately 125 retired Mercury workers, now in their 70s and 80s, who gathered with their spouses at Kennedy Space Center to swap stories, pose for pictures and take a bow.

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1 posted on 02/18/2012 7:18:55 PM PST by Deo volente
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To: Deo volente

Ignoant Fox Female news reader said he (Glenn) was the first American in space. Tell that to the Widows of Alan Shepard and Gus Grissum!


2 posted on 02/18/2012 7:23:16 PM PST by Empireoftheatom48 (Let's get the hell rid of Zero)
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The 90-year-old Glenn was joined on stage by Scott Carpenter, 86, the only other survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, as the anniversary festivities began.

Glenn recalled how he and his fellow Mercury astronauts traveled during their training to Cape Canaveral to watch a missile blast off. It was a night launch, and the rocket blew apart over their heads.

“That wasn’t a very good confidence-builder for our first trip to the cape,” Glenn said.

Improvements were made, and Glenn said he gained confidence in his Mercury-Atlas rocket, a converted nuclear missile. Otherwise, he said, he would not have climbed aboard.

http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_19992064#ixzz1mnHYO37n


3 posted on 02/18/2012 7:29:39 PM PST by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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To: Empireoftheatom48
Yep. I obviously knew about Gus, and I thought Alan had rolled craps but wasn't sure.

So the Mercury 7 are 5 now?

Reporter should have spoken the Shepard's Prayer: "Dear Lord, don't let me f*** up".

Of course, he said it over an open mike. Heartfelt prayers are generally sincere, IMHO.

/johnny

4 posted on 02/18/2012 7:32:21 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Deo volente
Holy Carp! Only 2 left. But they were young, healthy men.

You do realize that this means that THEY are getting old. Not me.

/johnny

5 posted on 02/18/2012 7:37:03 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Deo volente

The original seven astronauts selected for the Mercury program are: (front row, left to right) Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Donald K. Slayton, John H. Glenn, Jr., and M. Scott Carpenter, (back row, left to right) Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Virgil I. Grissom and L. Gordon Cooper.
6 posted on 02/18/2012 7:38:35 PM PST by TSgt (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: Empireoftheatom48

Yup. Next thing the reporter says is that Buzz Aldrin saw the Decepticons load modules from the dark side of the moon.


7 posted on 02/18/2012 7:39:04 PM PST by max americana (Buttcrack Obama is an idiot)
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To: JRandomFreeper

50th anniversary coming up this Monday. I was in second grade that day in 1962.


8 posted on 02/18/2012 7:41:45 PM PST by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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To: Empireoftheatom48

I’m pretty sure the people of Derry, New Hampshire jumped right out of their recliners when they heard that. They (we) are pretty proud of Alan B. Shepard here in NH.
I’d be a lot more proud of John Glenn if he wasn’t a damn Democrat.


9 posted on 02/18/2012 7:45:31 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (I'm not cut out to suffer fools like this.)
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To: Deo volente
Oy... It's been that long. Seems like when I ask about anyone or any business, it's 'they're dead now' or 'they went out of business years ago'.

There was a Mercury capsule on my best friend's birthday cake at one party I went to.

Sigh.

The only good thing about living a long time is the pricks that you outlived are dead.

The bad part is, so are a lot of friends and heros.

/johnny

10 posted on 02/18/2012 7:50:24 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Deo volente

me too


11 posted on 02/18/2012 7:54:09 PM PST by WilliamIII
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To: Deo volente

I was in 1st grade


12 posted on 02/18/2012 8:09:54 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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He was a hero when I was a small boy. Too bad he became a total dork and kneepadder when krinton rallied the RATs to his defense. I called his office and told them as much. They asked if I lived in his district. When I told them no, they hung up.


13 posted on 02/18/2012 8:22:06 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: Empireoftheatom48

Some clarification: Shepard and Grissom went into space but didn’t acheice orbit, that fell to Glenn. Perhaps that is what she was talking about.


14 posted on 02/18/2012 8:35:57 PM PST by chargers fan
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“Shepard and Grissom went into space but didn’t acheice orbit”

I hate it when that happens...


15 posted on 02/18/2012 8:41:38 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Deo volente

John Glenn is my relative. Even though he was a Democrat, I am still proud of him.


16 posted on 02/18/2012 8:45:08 PM PST by ThE_RiPpEr.
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Well it was stated it in the article:

"The first American to orbit the Earth..."
17 posted on 02/18/2012 8:47:54 PM PST by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
I saw Senator Glenn in 1978 being escorted by a Colonel in the BX at Lajes Fld, Azores. He had that look like he was too important to be bothered by an inferior subordinate. I nudged my wife to tell her who it was but she did not appear to be very impressed.
18 posted on 02/18/2012 8:56:03 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.
John Glenn is my relative. Even though he was a Democrat, I am still proud of him.

Have you ever met him?

19 posted on 02/18/2012 8:58:30 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Empireoftheatom48
Ignoant Fox Female news reader said he (Glenn) was the first American in space. Tell that to the Widows of Alan Shepard and Gus Grissum!

Uhh, no, that's not what it says. The first American to orbit the Earth... which is true.

20 posted on 02/18/2012 9:03:43 PM PST by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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