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Mercury-Atlas 6 Press Conference (1962)
KPRC-TV
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1962 |
 B/W 
| English
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    President Barack Obama awarded astronaut John Glenn the Medal of Freedom in 2012 for his historic flight.
    Philip Kaufman's  The Right Stuff  (1983) dramatizes the progression towards the first manned orbit of Earth. Glenn is played by actor Ed Harris.
    A reporter asks astronaut Donald "Deke" Slayton about his future in the manned space program. Slayton was scheduled to pilot Mercury-Atlas 7, but was relieved from the assignment in August 1959 after the discovery of a heart condition. He was officially grounded on September 18, 1962, making him the only Mercury Seven astronaut to not fly during Project Mercury. He remained an active member of the NASA space program, however, serving as the Coordinator of Astronaut Activities at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston as well as the Assistant Director for Flight Crew Operations. NASA doctors restored Slayton to full flight status on March 13, 1972. Three years later, he flew his first and only spaceflight with the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. 
    USAF Lieutenant Colonel John "Shorty" Power steps in to answer a question. He served as NASA's public affairs officer from 1959 to 1963. Powers popularized the expression "A-OK" and had a small acting career as himself in an episode of Dennis the Menace  and the narrator of  Way...Way Out  (1966) with Jerry Lewis.
    Glenn discusses his family moving to Houston following the mission. They did not stay there long, however. Glenn resigned from NASA in 1964 to run for U.S. Senate from his home state of Ohio. 
    Before he was selected to join the Mercury Seven, USAF Lieutenant Colonel Virgil "Gus" Grissom served as a jet instructor in Bryan. He flew two space missions: Mercury-Redstone 4 and Gemini 3. Grissom died along with his Apollo 1 crew members as a result of a fire during pre-launch testing on January 27, 1967.