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As America's Mercury Seven astronauts have been introduced on death-defying missions, tv cameras desirous about the courageous smiles in their younger better halves. in a single day, those girls have been remodeled from army spouses into American royalty. they'd tea with Jackie Kennedy, seemed at the hide of Life journal, and quick grew into model icons.

Annie Glenn, along with her picture-perfect marriage, was once the envy of the opposite better halves; JFK made it transparent that platinum-blonde Rene wood worker used to be his favourite; and certified pilot Trudy Cooper arrived with a mystery that had to remain hidden from NASA. including the opposite other halves they shaped the Astronaut other halves membership, delivering each other with help and friendship, espresso and cocktails.

As their star rose-and as divorce and tragedy started to contact their lives-the other halves persevered to rally jointly, forming bonds that might stand up to the attempt of time, and so they have stayed pals for over part a century. THE ASTRONAUT other halves membership tells the tale of the ladies who stood beside a number of the largest heroes in American background.

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After being an astronaut spouse for 3 years, and being lined by way of lifestyles, Rene, like Jackie, knew simply what it used to be wish to have newshounds and photographers eager to trap nearly each second of her existence. Jackie reminded Rene approximately Life’s insurance of the astronauts’ first White condominium stopover at after Alan Shepard’s flight. “You couldn’t have neglected that rear-end shot of me and my bow legs, strolling with Mrs. Shepard,” remarked Jackie. The revelation that even the 1st woman was once insecure approximately her appears made one like her much more. Jackie requested Rene to stick for dinner, and the 2 moms and their young children ate an ideal candlelit meal. To cap off the night, they went downstairs to pay a shock stopover at to the Oval place of work. President Kennedy was once operating overdue. Jackie fastened his tie, and shortly the 1st Couple escorted their site visitors to a ready limousine, and hugged Rene and her daughters sturdy evening. 7 house urban, U. S. A. The seven area households arrived to the newly named area urban, U. S. A. at the Fourth of July weekend, 1962. Houston was once throwing them a massive welcoming parade, to be via a Texas fish fry extravaganza. NASA was once relocating to Texas, with its large Manned Spacecraft middle being equipped twenty-five miles south of Houston on a thousand acres of land (a former lady Scout camp) donated by way of Rice collage, due to Lyndon Johnson’s cronies at Humble Oil. The Astro-families strode out of the Houston airport whereas paparazzi eagerly snapped away. all the better halves slid into the backseat of a customized convertible, the identify of her astronaut on a pink, white, and blue banner at the aspect. the women needed to guard their hair from the breeze because the motorcade cruised towards downtown Houston. All seven other halves had by means of this time develop into professional at using in convertible motorcades. the one determination to be made at the round-robin mobile calls prior to the parade used to be “to hat or to not hat. ” Jackie had all started being noticeable officially with out a hat, so the better halves felt they have been not obliged to put on them both. Trudy nonetheless desired to put on one, yet her associates attempted to persuade her in a different way. The daring stream was once bound to make an impact on their most up-to-date admirers, the jewel-laden hostesses of Houston excessive society. because the motorcade cruised via downtown, millions of onlookers sweated it out at the sidewalks. The households have been waving and smiling like mad, as they did at some other parade they'd been in. yet this one was once diversified. the group simply stared. the place used to be the clapping, the cheering, the shouts of welcome they have been looking forward to? It used to be unnerving. The other halves started to wonder whether they'd made a gigantic mistake in coming to the Lone big name nation. The convertibles quickly headed to the Houston Coliseum. The astronauts, other halves, and youngsters have been led up onto a degree at one finish of the large area, which had turn into an incredible Texas fish fry. Rodeo-style whoops and yahoos greeted the other halves and their spacemen, all of whom have been donning white Stetsons to sign that they now thought of themselves Texans. The sheriff used to be so excited, he desired to cause them to all deputies.

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