If the mission didn't succeed, we would have held up the whole program
The Real Space Cowboys
I liked that the book brought von Braun to the surface. People didn't know much about him. He was a very gracious man who did some amazing things.
John's going to get some unbelievable surprises,.. Some people get quite sick in space and it's quite normal. It's not a macho thing -- it's something that can happen.
This morning I drove the back roads to our Mercury launch pad, Complex Fourteen. There was a plaque with all our names on it. Now anyone who is happy to see his name engraved in marble really has something to worry about.
Always that sibling rivalry.
[Along with a gallery of photos displayed throughout, the book comes with a DVD that has save-for-your-grandchildren moments, like a mini-documentary on Shepard's first flight, as well as some whimsical moments with elaborate practical jokes.] Levity is lubricant of crises,.. Gotcha.
After the Apollo 1 crew was lost, we said that we wore a black armband for a few weeks, and we wear it in our hearts forever.
[Still] Jolly Wally,.. Delighted that John is going up, instead of me. He needs the flying time, I don't. I even gave up my pilot's license. Can't afford it.
I don't think the space station will ever do anything for exploration. Putting people up there for a year or more is the only way you will get anywhere near the exploration concept.
When people have asked if I'd like to go in the Shuttle, I said you don't get to fly it, except for landing, which I'd love to do. I wouldn't go unless I could command it.
I was told having a website would help me. I have yet to figure out why my life story needs to be on the web.
I remember seeing war hero Jimmy Doolittle fly a Gee Bee racer there. He was my childhood hero. Many years later, I was lucky enough to go hunting with him.
At the end of our NASA careers, no one had a place for us in the military.
We spent a lot of time in simulators. We were going to do it right.