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Cold War Fears Helped Launch U.S. Space Program, Even As John Glenn Feared Failure

In Mercury Rising, historian Jeff Shesol recalls the early days of the U.S. space program, when Cold War fears ruled and no one was sure John Glenn would survive America's first orbital flight.

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