Cinema: Saga of a Magnificent Seven

The Right Stuff finds heroism in the astronauts'story

Oh, it was a primitive and profound thing! Only pilots truly had it, but the entire world responded, and no one knew its name!

—Tom Wolfe

Not yet they didn't, not in 1962, when John Glenn became the first American "star voyager," the first "free man" to circle the globe in a spacecraft and match the accomplishment of the Soviets, who had done the trick first. It was 17 years before someone succeeded in naming the mysterious qualities that made Glenn and his six fellow Mercury astronauts...

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