"When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions" Mercury: Ordinary Supermen (TV Episode 2008) Poster

Gary Sinise: Narrator


  • Gene Kranz : Most of us came in from aircraft flight test. We knew nothing about rocketry, we knew nothing about spacecraft, we knew nothing about orbits.

    Narrator : Gene Kranz joins the Flight Director's team in NASA's earliest days.

    Gene Kranz : So it was a question of learning to drink from a fire hose. We had to learn all about trajectories; I'd never heard the term "retrofire," coming on down from orbit, getting the spacecraft back home.

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