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In 1961, America put a man on top of a rocket and shot him into space.
This is not his story.
Nor is it the story of the other six Mercury astronauts, celebrities whose adventures were widely documented through books and movies.
This, instead, is the story of America's space program from the trenches, the story of the engineers and rocket scientists of NASA's Langley Research Center who reached for the heavens -- and got there.
This is the story of the men and women who had "The Bright Stuff."
Series published in The Virginian-Pilot September 9th - 22nd, 2012...THE BRIGHT STUFF!