50 Years Ago Today - Mercury 7 Astronauts Visit the White House
(From L-R): Major L. Gordon Cooper, Lieutenant Colonel Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Major Donald K. “Deke” Slayton, Lieutenant Commander Walter Schirra, Lieutenant Commander M. Scott Carpenter, Commander Alan B. Shepard, and their wives visit the White House
You know what my favourite episode of “From the Earth to the Moon” was? It was the one that featured the wives. I think it was the second to last episode to be aired, but it featured the toll that the ambitions of astronauts placed on their families, especially their wives.
So, I have to ask… we couldn’t take the time to identify the women in this photo? Seriously? To honour the help they were to the space program - how they were constant promoters of how “excited and proud” they were, when they were probably scared out of their minds that they would never see their husbands again? These women were a crucial part of the Space program… they should be honoured, too.
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