Space: Nerveless?

What was the man made of?

The whole U.S. was wondering, and so, apparently, were some Russians. "He must have nerves of steel," said Soviet Air Force Colonel B. A. Aristov, who was touring Greece with Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. "I hope he stands the strain. It must be a terrible ordeal for him."

The man everyone was asking about was U.S. Marine Corps Lieut. Colonel John H. Glenn Jr., 40, who in the past nine weeks had undergone, without twitch or grimace, an agonizing series of frustrations in his effort to become the first American to orbit the earth; this week...

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