by Earl Perkins
“We set sail on this new sea . . .”
On April 9, 1959, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) introduced America’s first astronauts to the press–Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton. The seven men, all military test pilots, were carefully selected from a final group of thirty-two candidates.