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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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To: Empireoftheatom48

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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To: Deo volente

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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To: chargers fan

“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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To: chargers fan
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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To: higgmeister

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.

putz.


21 posted on 02/18/2012 9:03:52 PM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: Past Your Eyes

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.


22 posted on 02/18/2012 9:17:46 PM PST by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: chargers fan; Empireoftheatom48

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.


23 posted on 02/18/2012 9:26:02 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Deo volente; markman46
I was in 6th grade and our teacher rolled in a "portable television set" to watch live!

We were almost more astonished by a TV in school than the space trip, LOL

24 posted on 02/18/2012 9:27:40 PM PST by donna (I want to live in a Judeo/Christian country where we know that, before God, men & women are equal.)
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To: chargers fan; Empireoftheatom48

Ooopss... My bad.
Grissom DID go into space before Glenn.
I stand corrected by myself..


25 posted on 02/18/2012 9:33:26 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Texas resident
Glenn didn't endear himself to women either when he strongly objected that women couldn't be astronauts. Just one of the things he was wrong about. I believe he still has unpaid campaign debts from his abortive run for the preisdency back in the fog of time. I guess repaying debts is for the little people to worry about.
26 posted on 02/18/2012 9:35:54 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Lancey Howard
I think it was test pilot Yeager who teased the astronauts about how they weren't doing anything a monkey hadn't done first.

He was right of course. The earliest astronauts were just along for the ride.

27 posted on 02/18/2012 9:39:56 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

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.


28 posted on 02/18/2012 9:57:43 PM PST by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: hinckley buzzard
when he strongly objected that women couldn't be astronauts. Just one of the things he was wrong about.

I don't know, space travel is dead. Men always lose interest when women move into a profession.

29 posted on 02/18/2012 9:59:36 PM PST by donna (I want to live in a Judeo/Christian country where we know that, before God, men & women are equal.)
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To: Deo volente
John Glenn joined the proud, surviving veterans of NASA’s Project Mercury who didn't try selling out their country just to get another ride on Saturday in celebrating the 50th anniversary of his historic orbital flight.
30 posted on 02/18/2012 10:03:54 PM PST by KingNo155
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

Glad to hear you come from a fine line .......... of SELL OUTS


31 posted on 02/18/2012 10:05:48 PM PST by KingNo155
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.
John Glenn is my relative. Even though he was a Democrat, I am still proud of him.

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.

32 posted on 02/18/2012 10:57:13 PM PST by laweeks
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To: Lancey Howard

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.


33 posted on 02/19/2012 6:38:00 AM PST by Erasmus (Able was I ere I saw this crappy little island.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
There was a Mercury capsule on my best friend's birthday cake at one party I went to.

It's a good thing the EPA wasn't around back then!

≤}B^)

34 posted on 02/19/2012 6:39:16 AM PST by Erasmus (Able was I ere I saw this crappy little island.)
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