Exclusives: Scrubbed on the Pad

Since the start of the U.S. space programs, astronauts have been allowed to sell the personal stories of their flights into space to the high bidder of their choice. The first seven of them went under contract to LIFE, picking up $500,000 for exclusive details of their experience. Last fall President Kennedy endorsed continuation of the policy for the 16 men picked for the moon-bound Gemini and Apollo projects, and Field Enterprises Educational Corp. dropped in a whopping $3,200,000 offer. As part of the arrangement, LIFE agreed to buy exclusive magazine rights from Field. After six months of laborious work...

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