The area Race could be the backdrop for ABC’s new miniseries, but rather for the astronauts, it is their wives that are front and center.
“The Astronaut Wives Club” (premiering Thursday at 8 p.m. on ABC) informs the real tale of seven modest armed forces wives whom rocketed to fame whenever their husbands — Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton — had been called as NASA’s original Mercury astronauts in 1959.
The women lived in Houston — many as next-door neighbors — providing support while their husbands went on death-defying missions and chased skirts in Cape Canaveral, Fla during the’60s.
Because the guys fought a symbolic Cold War within the skies — with every effective objective celebrated as a dent in Soviet Communism — the ladies rallied around each other home. Continue reading These bad ass women inspired ‘Astronaut Wives Club’