Seven Real Men
Back in the days before carbon emissions were dirty-
before William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy cruised the
universe from a hollywood set or Irwin Allen sent
the Robinson family adrift on their way to Alpha
Centauri - there were 7 real men whose job it was to
go boldly (no split infinitives here) where no man
had gone before. They called it “Project Mercury”
and seven test pilots were chosen to go into outer
50ish years ago- before space travel went
Hollywood, and before NASA went green- these guys
went into space – the real thing – without makeup,
soundtrack or any special effects. They stepped off
the Earth and made laps around it in a spacecraft
that was slightly larger than a VW beetle
(the original one) and with less computer technology
in the entire project than one would find in a 1st
generation iPOD. Seven years later we walked on
the moon- without the Internet.
Thanks guys- for showing us how it’s done.
In back: Shepard, Grissom, Cooper. In front:
Schirra, Slayton, Glenn, Carpenter.