May 15, 1963

Hard to believe — it’s 42 years since Gordon Cooper set off on the last Mercury mission, last solo trip into space and a record 22 orbits around the earth. Cooper died last October. I grew up with the space program and Cooper was "my" astronaut as a kid but the anniversary might have passed by unremembered if not for an accidental re-viewing of "The Right Stuff" over the weekend.

The press doesn’t come off too well in this movie, featured as a pack most of the time in one of the first feeding frenzies of the modern journalism era. Gratuitous Huffington Post mention: Harry Shearer, who’s writing about the media for the HP, plays one of the clueless recruiters in the movie.

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