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Hi everybody I'm Steve is -- with your fox flash fifty years ago today John -- -- -- a time the fighter pilot turned astronauts boarded friendship seven it was launched into space becoming the first American to orbit the -- did it three times.
Today we had the honor of being joined by legendary astronaut and former Ohio senator John -- And he told us about his historic mission.
Fact is she's like about two weeks ago to me instead of fifty years because it was so vividly that time and and I guess of recalled almost every day since then somebody wanted to say something about -- It's been a were like collection quite often and I get -- -- just get the very refreshing my memory.
Sure one of the things people may not realize is how dangerous this was.
For you to do right.
Well we had a very high confidence level perhaps higher than anybody else because we've been through all -- testing of the equipment machinery we've gone -- simulations time after time.
If there was danger involved well we were I was a military test pilots.
And -- so you view it accepted those risks but does the risk tour small blood by what we've for the way we looked at that drove our training.
And the so I'm just anxious to -- -- -- only eleven scheduled date.
I suit up four times the ones -- -- flight was canceled because of weather when I was in the transfer event on the way to the launch bed.
But that was up twice before.
And -- -- -- almost hard to believe from the ruins of the final eighteen seconds count them and realized that I really gonna go on this day fifty years ago period of great feeling.
I I know one point you -- -- fail and you actually had to drive the darn thing.
But -- when you were coming back into.
The Earth's atmosphere.
You know this is something we've never thought about here on earth to heat shield on the bottom of the capsule you actually drove in backwards.
-- -- came through reentry.
There is some worry that it was loose and you're gonna burn -- Well there was there have been two signals went down -- that -- two telemetry signals.
Radio signals it went down to the ground that two different stations said the state.
The heat shield was elusive deal latches -- -- on the heat shield that didn't -- that would not occur normally until you're down on the main parachute.
And heat shield would drop about four feet on the road -- bags so that you.
Had sort of an air cushion their pillow that was mainly on occasion had to make an emergency landing on land some place.
And every indication was -- that it already occurred in space have been bad days so we -- chief.
The retro act or sat right in the middle of -- you left it on us or to hold that in place.
During -- high heat of reentry worthy -- lead the heat on the shield itself is up around 3000 degrees.
And the -- analyze -- out about three and a half or four feet in front gets up around 9000 degrees so.
But it all worked right -- the news the retro effect burned off from the inflation -- were just the way should.
God speed John planned by the way the odds of him not surviving admission one in six.
The same as Russian roulette.
They say every dog has its -- well this was not it for one of the fortunate coach this.
For brutal got the look at that street it in -- frozen lake in Denver Colorado firefighters responded rescued approach.
Who is now recovering -- -- officer.
Don't look so sad -- these should not icy water.
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