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His passing leaves 92 year-old John Glenn as the only surviving one of the original Mercury astronauts, the others being L. Gordon Cooper, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald "Deke" Slayton. So many of us must have boyhood memories of Walter Cronkite's voice saying those names with respect and admiration during early Saturday morning Mercury and Gemini launches in the 1960s. Interesting to note that 10 of the 13 Gemini astronauts that were not part of the Mercury program are still living, and one of three that have died, Ed White (born 1930), might still be alive but for the launch pad fire during the Apollo program.