Chris Kraft and his team were assigned to select the first seven astronauts for the United States Mercury program out of over 100 highly capable applicants.
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The opening scene of the episode, showing Alan Shepard (Jake McDorman) and his backup, John Glenn (Patrick J. Adams), on bunk beds in the same room the night before Shepard's flight, may be a homage to the opening scene of Gagarin. Pervvy v kosmose (2013), which shows Yuri Gagarin and his backup, Gherman Titov, in bunk beds in the same room the night before Gagarin's Vostok 1 flight. See more
No, I'm not going to be one of the seven.
Nope. I'm going to be the first man in space.