The first vignette with the first future astronaut, Gordon Cooper (Dennis Quaid) and wife Trudy (Pamela Reed) arriving Edwards Air Force Base, 1953, in The Right Stuff, 1983, from the Tom Wolfe book.
In this UFO Sightings video clip - Astronauts Sighting video clip: A look at Colonel Gordon Cooper's encounter with a UFO. Cooper claimed to have seen his first UFO while flying over West Germany in 1951, although he denied reports he had seen a UFO during his Mercury flight.
The Right Stuff is based on abook by Tom Wolfe. They recount the story of the first seven astronauts selected for the NASA space program, based on interviews and research by the author. The story contrasts the 'Mercury Seven' and their families with Chuck Yeager, who was considered by many test pilots to be the best of them all, but who was never selected as an astronaut. The Mercury Seven were Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton.
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