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The Wife Stuff: The Astronaut Wives Club blasts off on ABC

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Which would be more difficult for you: flinging yourself into an unknown frontier on a mission fraught with danger from which you may not come back alive—or sitting by helplessly and watching a loved one do it, able to do nothing but pray for their safe return? For the wives of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, who sat in living rooms and gathered around televisions as their husbands launched the early days of the American space program, this became a kind of pressure few of us can imagine. And these women withstood it under remarkable public scrutiny that saw them transform from regular military spouses to American royalty in the nascent days of television news coverage. Now, their story will…

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