posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 05:23 PM
This post could stand more than a BTS spot but... it really isn't intended to create debate or argument.
The occasion is the 50th anniversary of John Glenn's 3-orbit ride in the Friendship 7, Mercury spacecraft... and the movie to meet the requirements
of this forum is, The Right Stuff.
Speaking for myself, I do remember that event and that there was a very tense few hours when the man who has been, in my opinion, correctly ID'd as
America's last genuine hero, was a re-entry away from burning up in his ship. Fortunately for him and this nation, it turned out to be a technical
glitch and his heatshield remained in position for the ride home.
On a quick sidenote, there is also an urge here to really pour out my feelings on the way our current president has been seemingly bent on gutting the
US space program. One can't help but be saddened to see not only manned space projects hung out to dry, but now also our robotic, planetary efforts
But... all of the above aside now, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize John Glenn, as well as all those who were a part of the early US
space program; Projects Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. These were genuine American heroes who rode into the unknown... and who were patriots, explorers
and role models for those who... like myself, grew up hoping one day to follow in their footsteps.
They did indeed have the right stuff.
Movie: The Right Stuff