Countdown Quotes (2 quotes)
I felt exactly how you would feel if you were getting ready to launch and knew you were sitting on top of two million partsall built by the lowest bidder on a government contract.
His reply to the question, often asked, When you were sitting in that capsule listening to the count-down, how did you feel? From speech announcing his Senate retirement (20 Feb 1997). As recorded in 'A Genuine American Hero Says He'll Retire', Tributes Delivered in Congress: John Glenn (1998) in U.S. Government Printing Office, U.S. Congress: Senate, Vol 105, Issue 34, 52. (A similar reference to the lowest bidder on a government contract has also been attributed to Alan Shepard.)
[The 1957-1961 years of the U.S. space program] were the sad years in which the joke was that our countdowns ended in "Four, three, two, one, oh shit!"
In 'Vive l'Apollo', Space World (Mar 1985), No. 256, 4. Reprinted in They All Come to Geneva: And Other Tales of a Public Diplomat (1988), 82.