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And yeah, it actually happened. Al Shepard, America's first man in space, spent so long on the pad that a design flaw--or gap--was revealed. In a fifteen-minute suborbital flight he was never supposed to need plumbing, but several long holds delayed the launch for hours. While NASA worried about the build-up in pressure in the hydrogen tanks, a more urgent personal crisis developed. The solution was uncomfortable and inelegant, but it got the job done. :-)


It was so completely at odds with the heroic image the government and media promoted for the Mercury astronauts that we didn't learn of the tale for many years.


The book is even more hilarious than the movie. Wolfe is at his best when skewering hypocrisy, especially in journalism.


It's Mr. Snack's turn to pose a quote.

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