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heng44
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posted 03-22-2014 01:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Astronaut John Glenn climbs into the tail section of the Redstone booster, which failed to launch the MR-1 flight from Cape Canaveral on November 21, 1960. Due to a premature engine shutdown the escape tower was launched and the spacecraft's parachute was deployed, threatening to topple the rocket. Fortunately that didn't happen and the spacecraft was successfully launched as MR-1A one month later.

onesmallstep
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posted 04-01-2014 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The film footage of the aborted MR-1 launch is featured prominently in the movie The Right Stuff.

Michael Davis
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posted 04-01-2014 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Davis   Click Here to Email Michael Davis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why would Glenn crawl into the Redstone booster? Was this for a genuine reason or just for the purposes of a photo op? I can't see why he would have done this.

onesmallstep
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posted 04-02-2014 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would imagine, like any good pilot, he would do a walk-around inspection to 'kick the tires' of any air- or spacecraft. Keep in mind, the selection of the astronaut for the first manned Mercury flight was still weeks away (in Jan. 1961), so every one of the 'Seven' had to familiarize themselves with the booster they would ride-and depend on.

moorouge
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posted 04-22-2014 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Caption - "Hey! John! You get in the other end."

Steve Procter
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posted 04-22-2014 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And he got to wear his own personalised hard hat!

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