Press: The Big Story

In the Philadelphia Inquirer:

PRINCE OF PEACE WINS; CHRIST HRS*

As soon as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration revealed last spring the identities of the seven Project Mercury astronauts (TIME, April 20), newspaper chains, magazines and radio-TV networks bombarded NASA with bids for exclusive rights to the great adventure story. Firmly NASA turned down all comers: the U.S. taxpayer, who was financing the man-into-space project, was entitled to the full official story—free. But in disclaiming its own right to merchandise the personal accounts of the seven chosen astronauts, NASA passed that right...