I wasn't at all sure it could be done.". She could have gone to space. You know her from the Fifty … Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images A few weeks later, Trudy is talking to Gordo on the phone, when she hears Alan Shepard asking Gordo to switch rooms because he had a double bed. "No sir," says Glenn. The day after their arrival to Cabo, Marge, Trudy and Betty are talking about Louise and Alan, when Marge accidentally reveals Trudy's secret: when Gordo volunteered to the program, they were already signing the divorce papers, when he asked her to come back, for his career. After Gordo's selection for the Mercury seven, he asked Trudy to pretend they were still married, because NASA required him to have a "loving wife", and she agreed to help him for the sake of his career. replies Gliruth. Glenn was already in line to either be the second or third U.S. astronaut to fly and with the launch of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into orbit, Gilruth and the Space Task Group were already cutting back on their initial plans for each Mercury astronaut to fly a suborbital mission first. The couple first met while studying at the University Of Hawaii and remained married for 24 years. Technicians install the capsule's hatch, sealing Shepard inside. All seven men have since died, with Glenn passing away last in 2016. Who were the Mercury Seven astronauts’ wives? Gordon Cooper, astronaut who flew last of pioneering Mercury space missions and stayed aloft in Gemini capsule long enough to demonstrate that trip … Alan Shepard (Jake McDorman), suited in his silvery Mercury astronaut pressure suit, is walking out of NASA's crew quarters. Trudy Cooper (née Olson) Former wife of Gordon Cooper, an American aeronautical engineer, test pilot and one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States. Get to her a little bit better with our full interview. They got married in Honolulu, in August 29, 1947. With that resolved, Kraft polls his flight team for a "go" or "no go" to launch. Shepard shakes hands with Glenn. Shepard begins to explain how he was strapped in and could not feel anything, but then pauses and replies, "Spectacular, just you wait." Trudy tells Cobb she has left Cooper, but that is not acceptable either. "Don't worry, you'll go up soon enough," Gilruth tells Glenn. In 1963 he made the last and longest Mercury flight of more than one day. That is what I should have said in Canaveral and I am sorry I didn't," he says, referring to the last time they talked when Louise confronted him over his being caught in an affair (as shown in Episode 107). The Astronaut Wives Club Dishy gossip from a new book about the wives of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronauts LIFE magazine cover, September 21, 1959. "I'm sorry. "Happy landings, commander," says Glenn. While the series isn't The Astronaut Wives Club, viewers will become acquainted with Annie Glenn (Nora Zehetner), Trudy Cooper (Eloise Mumford), … The group included Annie Glenn , Betty Grissom , Louise Shepard , Trudy Cooper , Marge Slayton , Rene Carpenter , and Jo Schirra . The Atlas is faster. The Astronaut Wives Club was an informal support group of women, sometimes called Astrowives, whose husbands were members of the Mercury 7 group of astronauts. "Why are you telling me all of this stuff?" First rule of The Astronaut Wives Club: Don't talk about the crushing fear and loneliness you know as the spouse of one of America's first space cowboys. The Right Stuff is more than just a show about going to … We need to start flying the Atlas, now. John Glenn (Patrick J. Adams), Shepard's backup, greets him. "It is not the kind of thing you can choose," replies Shepard. The Right Stuff: Where You’ve Seen The Actors Before The Right Stuff is one of Disney+'s latest series. Like capcom, but all of the time." A quick montage of scenes from prior episodes show some of the past interactions between Shepard and Glenn as they competed to become the first American in space. The episode omits all of these jokes, but this particular one was also incorrect: Shepard's undergarment absorbed the urine and the flow of oxygen left him dry before he left Earth.). And Trudy Cooper remained mum about the time she left her husband Gordo after she had discovered he was “screwing another man’s wife,” as rumor had it. In mission control, Kraft, Gilruth, Lunney and Roy Hutmacher (Joshua Ritter), another member of the flight control team, consider the risks if Shepard's suit and medical leads get wet, but "you know the problem with playing it safe?" They had 2 daughters: . Gus Grissom and Deke Slayton are rather bizarrely depicted as mumbling lunkheads Back on the launchpad, the sun is now high in the sky and Shepard draws close a filter on his periscope to reduce the glare in his eyes. They got married in Honolulu, in August 29, 1947. In The Astronaut Wives Club , Lily Koppel speculated that Trudy returned so her daughters could benefit from their father's fame, or maybe it was the $70,000 fee they would get for a Life magazine … But it doesn't mean I would never do it." When she met Gordo at the University of Hawaii, she was already a pilot herself. "I don't know," says Trudy, who after a pause encourages Cam to focus on flying. Mr. Cooper said he first took the controls of an airplane at age 7 or 8, when his father, an Army colonel, took him up. Koppel also describes friction between the Mercury and Gemini wives, at least initially. After serving as the backup pilot for Sigma 7’s 1962 mission, Cooper took his first spaceflight in May 1963. "You know if I left, I think it would probably kill me. You know her from the Fifty Shades franchise and from her role on Chicago Fire, but as Trudy, she's playing a pioneer in aviation as not only an astronaut's wife, but a pilot in her own right. "This is real. Annie is surprised at how well Glenn is accepting not being first into space. "Because of the press conference?" "Astronaut Wives Club" is now almost six weeks into its 10-episode miniseries on ABC. "We would like you to be a liaison between the astronauts and the rest of the Space Task Group. Kraft (Ladin) is seen in the Mercury Control Center wearing a small pewter Mercury capsule on his lapel. With them will be their mother, pretty Trudy Olson Cooper. After a pause, the radio crackles and Shepard is heard: "This is 7, I'm okay." Glenn is relieved, but not elated. "We're about to push into the second hour of delay, the wait stems from a small technical problem and I am being told there is nothing to be concerned about," NASA public affairs officer John "Shorty" Powers (Danny Strong) tells the waiting crowd of spectators and those listening in over the airwaves. Following his mission's suborbital flight plan, Shepard begins preparing for the capsule to return to Earth. Trudy Cooper—“Gordo” Cooper’s wife.Trudy was the only licensed pilot among the astronaut wives. "Ass-com," replies Deke. Top row, left to right: Jo Schirra, Louise Shepard. * Trudy was a daughter of Elvin Jennings Olson & Margery Frame Nichols. Shepard was greeted on Grand Bahama by Grissom, Slayton, Glenn and Schirra, as well as by NASA Administrator Jim Webb. If you As depicted, Shepard tried to roll back the filter once he was in space, but his reason for giving up is left out of the episode. And Joan Aldrin was an … Glenn did surprise Shepard with a pinup and a sign taped to the control panel inside Freedom 7. Though he may have experienced early symptoms before and around the time of his Mercury flight, he did not seek treatment until the next year. "How do I explain to my daughters why I stay with a man who disrespects me so much?" Webb insists that it cannot be done. I mean, that's everything. A full-size replica of a Mercury-Redstone rocket stands on the pad today. Von Braun offers two options: delay the countdown to let Shepard urinate or scrub the launch. "The Right Stuff" episode recaps: 101 | 102 | 103 | 104 | 105 | 106 | 107 | 108 The National Geographic series "The Right Stuff" is now streaming on Disney+. As first noted in the Episode 103 recap, Shepard was diagnosed with Ménière's disease, an inner ear disorder, in 1963. He exited the building already suited for his launch, as depicted in the episode, but through a doorway on the side of the facility, not through the large hangar doors at its front. The service gantry slowly pulls away from the rocket, leaving it poised for liftoff as dawn breaks on the horizon. asks Glenn, incredulously. Gilruth, Kraft, Shepard and the Glenns watch the speech at their respective offices and homes. Camala Keokie Cooper . "Come back to bed," she says. She hung up the phone, and called Mr. Porter, asking him for the wives to go to Cabo and watch the Mercury test launch, to which he agreed. "What would NASA think of that?" Trudy Cooper's ambition was to fly in the Powder Puff Derby, an annual transcontinental air race for women pilots, not to become an astronaut like her husband. A mother of two, Annie went on to become an activist and support her husband during his political career as senator from Ohio, where they live today. In the episode, Shepard (McDorman) sees a washer float by his face and then catches it. The episode — and season — ends with Trudy and her daughter Cam (Chandler Head) in the cockpit of a bright blue, single-wing prop plane. Shepard was not indifferent to his spaceflight experience. Cam nods enthusiastically, before asking if they are going to move back in with Cooper. In order to make the proper displacement, "he had to push hard," according to "This New Ocean.". He was married to Susan Theresa Taylor and Gertrude Bernice 'Trudy' Olson. Kraft and Gilruth are stunned. Deciding better than to risk it, he withdrew his hand and continued on with making observations through the partially-obstructed periscope. Trudy was a daughter of Elvin Jennings Olson & Margery Frame Nichols. For the last Mercury mission, on May 15, 1963, the Gemini wives were invited to watch the launch party at Trudy Cooper’s house—but they watched Gordo Cooper’s blastoff on the living room television, while the Mercury wives huddled in the master bedroom. Trudy Cooper, wife of astronaut Gordon Cooper, and her daughters Jan and Cam. asks Cooper, referring to his remarks comparing launching a woman to flying a chimpanzee (as shown in Episode 107). Trudy Cooper was more than just an astronaut’s wife. "There is no way they are going to allow the first woman in space be a divorcée." Later, Kraft informs Slayton that a position has been found for him on account of him being grounded due to his heart arrhythmia (as shown in Episode 107). Warning: What follows contains spoilers for the episode "Flight." The Astronaut Wives Club was an informal support group of women, sometimes called Astrowives, whose husbands were members of the Mercury 7 group of astronauts. Shepard was originally scheduled to launch at 7:20 a.m. and ultimately lifted off at 9:34 a.m. EST. "The Redstone is a toy," adds Glenn. That said, what Shepard (McDorman) tells Glenn (Adams) about telling stories for the benefit of the press is not without some truth. He gives up and rather than tell the ground of the issue, reports, "Damn, what a beautiful view." She has passed all of her flight evaluations that are needed to join Cobb's group of female astronaut-hopefuls. The Glenns are in their kitchen. Here is a look at some of the right, wrong and real stuff that the eighth episode portrays: Shepard's walkout from Hangar S began at 3:55 a.m. EDT on May 5, 1961. Taking a drink of orange juice, he looks down at the empty glass, thinks for a moment and then throws it against the wall, smashing it into pieces. The real Trudy Cooper was a successful pilot and had dreams of racing planes. Louise Shepard’s husband Alan was jumping into everyone’s bed but … Shepard did exclaim "What a beautiful view!" It is just too damn dangerous." Fifteen minutes. Astronaut wives, from left, Jo Schirra, Annie Glenn, Marjorie Slayton, Betty Grissom, Louise Shepard, Rene Carpenter and Trudy Cooper (Image: Ralph Morse/Getty Images). She could have gone to space. Trudy Cooper (née Olson) Former wife of Gordon Cooper, an American aeronautical engineer, test pilot and one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, … And I am sorry if that complicates things for you, but I guess I will just have to live with that." The Right Stuff is Gilruth's (Fischler) line in this episode, "We don't know if we can ever do it," is close to what Gilruth later said was his reaction. Shepard's Mercury pressure suit as seen in this episode was provided by Global Effects, a costume and prop house that also furnished the Mercury capsule set pieces. Leroy Gordon "Gordo" Cooper, Jr. (March 6, 1927 – October 4, 2004), (Col, USAF), better known as Gordon Cooper, was an American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, and one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States. "It is a good day for a launch," Kraft says to Space Task Group director Bob Gilruth (Patrick Fischler). "I hope he doesn't blow up," says O'Hara. Slayton wants to know what his job title will be, to which Kraft adlibs, "astronaut communicator." "You know the traffic jam I got stuck in this morning was longer than my actual flight? When she met Gordo at the University of Hawaii, she was already a pilot herself. And Cooper flew into space twice for the Mercury and Gemini programs. Back in the present, Shepard shakes Grissom's hand and then climbs into the spacecraft, assisted by Glenn. Would you like that?" That is why you say dumb stuff on television or you end up in a cheap motel with Lurleen [see Episode 104]. Married in 1943, they remained together for 73 years until Glenn's death in 2016. He passes by nurse Dee O'Hara (Kaley Ronayne) and the other medical staff in the infirmary and is led outside through the large doors of Hangar S by astronaut Gus Grissom (Michael Trotter). Shepard deploys the periscope and takes over manual control to roll the spacecraft. Cooper learned to fly as a child, and after service in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, he was commissioned into the United States Air Force in 1949. "I had to say something for the people," Shepard said. Before Alan's flight, Gordo and Trudy are talking on the phone, and he tells her that he is doing the countdown of the launch. "Al's gotta go pee real bad," astronaut Gordon Cooper (Colin O'Donoghue) tells test conductor Wernher von Braun (Sacha Seberg) inside the blockhouse. How long does it take to get a damn inverter swapped out!" Trudy Cooper, the wife of American astronaut Gordon Cooper and her two daughters after the operations of the Titan rocket launch during the Gemini V... Walt Disney Television via Getty Images's "The Astronaut Wives Club" stars Odette Annable as Trudy Cooper and Bret Harrison as Gordo Cooper. Trudy Cooper, wife of astronaut Gordon Cooper, and her daughters Jan and Cam. Slayton's first title as a NASA manager was "Coordinator of Astronaut Activities." As he closes the door to Slayton's new office, the stenciling on the window reads "Chief of Astronauts." He thinks Shepard is just coming down from a high. How could Shepard not have been excited by the launch, being weightless and seeing the stars. The countdown is holding at T-15 minutes. Cooper, meanwhile, is standing in his kitchen in his underwear. Grissom leaves the room as Glenn arrives. Cobb explains it is not about Trudy, but about Cooper's comments denigrating the idea of launching a woman. May 25, 1961. And Trudy Cooper remained mum about the time she left her husband Gordo after she had discovered he was “screwing another man’s wife,” as … It boasts a strong cast who you might recognize in a handful of other movies and TV shows. Trudy Cooper was more than just an astronaut’s wife. “The Right Stuff” tells the story of America’s first astronauts: John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gus Grissom and Deke Slayton. "You don't get to send a man into space soaked in his own urine?" Olson, who had previously worked as a flight attendant, was the only astronaut wife to have a pilot’s license. Inside the control center, Kraft paces, as Glenn, back from the white room and out of his clean room garb, sits in the back of the room. I am going to join Jerrie Cobb's program and I am going to make my girls proud. Not much is known of Cooper's early life except that when he was growing up there were no baseball games played due to Food Riots among other things. I am leaving. The pin, a match to the one that the real flight director wore in 1961, came from the personal collection of Robert Yowell, a former space shuttle flight controller who served as a technical advisor on the series. Sort of. Shepard took manual control of his spacecraft, as shown, though "when he moved his hand to yaw, the wrist seal bearing of his suit bumped into his personal parachute." Glenn did not lobby Webb to move up the Atlas orbital flights or to assign him as the pilot of the first American orbital mission. "I wish that were true," replies Cobb. She could have gone to space. "I therefore ask the Congress, above and beyond the increases I have earlier requested for space activities, to provide the funds which are needed to meet the following national goals: First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth." A hell of a lot. With plasma enveloping the spacecraft, his contact with the ground is cut off. What else is there?" asks Shepard of Glenn, handing him the photo. And finally, this guy really gets more of an honorable mention because he didn't technically ever become an astronaut. Eloise Mumford stars as Trudy Cooper, wife to Mercury 7 astronaut Gordon Cooper, on the Disney+ series, The Right Stuff. "So you can get the controls when we go up. The suit is missing the NASA insignia patch and name tag that Shepard wore, but otherwise is authentically detailed. Joseph A. 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