The Right Stuff - Chapter 5, "In Single Combat" Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5, "In Single Combat" Summary

The seven astronauts are introduced to the public at a press conference. Even before their names are mentioned, the excitement of the reporters and photographers is barely under control. The astronauts are described in terms of their "superb adaptability," not in terms of their skills and achievements as test pilots, but no one else seems to notice. In reality, several of the pilots feel that Gordon Cooper's lack of test experience and Scott Carpenter's lack of combat and jet experience reflect badly on the prestige of the rest of the group.

The press, however, is oblivious of such distinctions. The mere roll call of the astronauts' names triggers a standing ovation. The first questions, however, are not about the flights themselves or the skills of the astronauts but about their wives and children's reactions and...

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