People: May 3, 1982

The original Mercury astronauts seemed like seven identical slices of Mom's apple pie. Posing for LIFE, they were wholesome and squeaky clean, they were the True brothers, the select elect, they had it—you know—the right stuff. Now seven relatively unknown actors are portraying the real thing in a movie of Tom Wolfe's 1979 bestseller, The Right Stuff. Striking a version of the LIFE cover, they are, from left to right and top to bottom, Lance Henriksen as Wally Schirra and Scott Glenn as Alan Shepard; Ed Harris as John Glenn, Charles Frank as Scott Carpenter and Scott Paulin as Deke Slayton;...

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