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A Closer Look (Space: Glenn) #175936

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 15, 1998
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) A close look at NASA's agreement to send Senator John Glenn back into space introduced. [GLENN - offers little comment.]

(New York: Ned Potter) The question of whether the 76-year-old Glenn should be sent on the space shuttle examined; various scenes shown of Glenn then and now. [Mt. Sinai Hospital Dr. Christine CASSEL - sees Glenn as a representative of older Americans.] The parallel health problems faced by people in space and in aging outlined. [Federation of American Scientists John PIKE - says a Glenn flight is "the right stuff," not science.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Discussion held with former astronaut Eugene Cernan and space writer ABC News consultant James Oberg about Glenn in space. [CERNAN - backs sending Glenn into space.] [OBERG - says regular Americans other than Glenn should be sent into space.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) What the other first astronauts in space have done later outlined: Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra and Deke Slayton.

Jennings, Peter;
Potter, Ned

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