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Mercury Rising logoAired 4/14/23
In the heat of the Cold War, one man attempts the unthinkable against all odds: To be the first American to orbit the Earth.
17m • Documentary, History, Politics, Technology, American history, Space

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Mercury Rising
In the height of the cold war, a new battleground emerged: Space. The race to the heavens seemed like a race for survival, and America was losing. John Kennedy understood that something needed to be done to calm the fears of the free world and renew America's sense of self belief. The goal was to orbit an American around the Earth. The hero was John Glenn. This is the story of the mission that put America back in the Space Race.
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