Farewell to the Original Iron Man
John Glenn coincidentally (but awesomely) threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium yesterday as part of a previously scheduled ceremony to honor Glenn’s service as both an orbiting astronaut and United States senator. Before heading out to the mound, Glenn, 91, was asked an extraordinary question: “Were you jealous of Neil Armstrong?”
The senator’s response made us proud to be Americans (and baseball fans)...»
On John Glenn and Heroes
Astronaut John Glenn aboard the USS Noa after having been recovered from a splash landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
Fifty years ago this week, when John Glenn completed the first of three orbits around the earth, he reported the presence of a bright light on an otherwise pitch-black, sunless horizon. Fearing that Glenn was hallucinating, the medical staff was called in to initiate a health assessment test. As it turned out, though, residents of Perth, Australia, had turned on every light in the city as a message of goodwill to the astronaut orbiting above. From then on, Perth would be known as “the city of lights.”
And John Glenn, an intergalactic hero...»
Great Moments in Manhood, Astronaut Edition
NASA leaked their full catalog of Gemini photos earlier today, and we thought we’d pass along this one of test pilot Thomas Stafford on Gemini IX, gazing out into the wild blue yonder. Legendary stuff.
The First Watch in Space
Aside from reminding us how well “Cape Canaveral” rolls off the tongue, yesterday’s shuttle launch of the Endeavor also reminded us of one particularly handsome watch: the Breitling Cosmonaute.
Otherwise known as the first watch in space.
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