I was SOOOO into it at the time. It was momentous, a joint space effort. Not only did it get Deke Slayton into space, but it laid the groundwork for the cooperation that would become the international space station. I never understood why so few people seemed to be as into it as I was. It was the REAL frigging end of the Cold War, for crissakes! So few seemed to grasp the significance.
Nowadays, it seems even more distant and forgotten. But without it, would we really have advanced as far with the space program as we have?
"Mr. Chekov, take us out..."