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Lots of Time Left to do Great Things

Space Travel
Author: Mark Dixon
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
11:56 am

Fifteen years ago today, at age 77, John Glenn became the oldest man to go into space, as Payload Specialist for space shuttle Discovery.  It had been over 36 years since he had become the first American to orbit the earth  aboard the Mercury Friendship 7 space capsule.  I remember sitting in my aunt’s living room in Salt Lake City listening with excitement to the radio as John Glenn circled the earth.

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I have 17 years left before I’ll be 77. Lots of time yet in my life to do great things!

 

3 Responses to “Lots of Time Left to do Great Things”

    And now he’s the only one left of the original 7.

    Comment by bob on October 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Yes, he is. It is amazing how they accomplished what they did with such rudimentary equipment.

    Comment by Mark Dixon on October 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    To get a sense of what they accomplished,just visit the National Air and Space Museum in DC. Peering into those tiny Mercury capsules, it’s hard to believe that a guy actually got into one of those things, the door bolted shut, and the whole thing placed on top of a powerful rocket and blasted into space. Those guys truly had cojones. Me, I don’t even like big roller coasters.

    Comment by bob on October 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm

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