What You'll Learn:
In 1962, Americans were earthbound sitting ducks in the breeze of Russia’s cosmic flight. With the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik in 1957, followed by a string of increasingly awe-inspiring endeavors, Americans figured their nation was faltering. After a period of continuous false starts, the eventful mission of NASA astronaut John Glenn proved them wrong, altering the mindset of millions of people before he even returned home. Prolific historian and former presidential speechwriter Jeff Shesol narrates the engaging drama of the nation’s first venture into outer space—a story of science, war, and American perseverance.