Skip to comments.John Glenn reunites with Mercury team
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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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!
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.
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.
You do realize that this means that THEY are getting old. Not me.
Yup. Next thing the reporter says is that Buzz Aldrin saw the Decepticons load modules from the dark side of the moon.
50th anniversary coming up this Monday. I was in second grade that day in 1962.
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.
There was a Mercury capsule on my best friend's birthday cake at one party I went to.
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.
I was in 1st grade
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.
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.
“Shepard and Grissom went into space but didnt acheice orbit”
I hate it when that happens...
John Glenn is my relative. Even though he was a Democrat, I am still proud of him.
Have you ever met him?
Uhh, no, that's not what it says. The first American to orbit the Earth... which is true.
john glenn was a hero.
He was a Marine avaiator and a pioneer astronaut.
Then he blew it buy defending clinton from prosecution in exchange for another ride in space.
nice going there john.
I used to drive by his home every day on the way to work. There were some pretty cool Alan Shepard moon souviniers in the Mayors office.
I really like Derry back in the day.
In any event, Shepard was the only American to precede Glenn into space.
Grissom was after.
Also, I have an old book from circa 1960 about the X15 that says Chuck Yeager was the first man in space.
We were almost more astonished by a TV in school than the space trip, LOL
Ooopss... My bad.
Grissom DID go into space before Glenn.
I stand corrected by myself..
He was right of course. The earliest astronauts were just along for the ride.
For the most part but I believe it was Carpenter on his joyride used up his steering jet fuel and screwed up his reentry and landed way off course.
I don't know, space travel is dead. Men always lose interest when women move into a profession.
Glad to hear you come from a fine line .......... of SELL OUTS
Glenn is one of the pieces of garbage that Ohio has foisted on America, such as Kucinich and Metzenbaum. All three are worthless. I'm ashamed of him and always will be.
Not in the X-15; Yeager was not a pilot in that program.
Nine X-15 drivers qualified for astronaut wings by NASA criteria (50 mi) and one of them also by FIA criteria (100 kM). I think these were the only Americans who got to space in an aerospace plane.
It's a good thing the EPA wasn't around back then!
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