Is "the right stuff" a myth that NASA keeps around to pretend they're still relevant?
Russians have no problem sending you to space if you can pay $20-$40mil.
>This is pretty much common knowledge.
I'm on 4chan all the time and frequent the NASA website. I don't recall that slogan at all. I've never once seen a NASA advertisement in any media at all. This:
Just gives some movie I've never heard of which looks pretty fucking aweful.
Gives me >>7843360 which just seems retarded.
So, tell us, OP, what is this "myth" you are referring to?
The NASA manned space program is basically a historical re-enactment society. "Wow, wasn't the Apollo Program great?!"
They're not interested in opening up space. They just want to be part of a big thing with lots of glory and steady employment good salaries. Every time they get a choice between getting some real work done with the money they have or keeping people in their inefficient jobs, they keep people in their jobs.
The Right Stuff is not a myth.
Some people have it, most don't.
Sounds like you all need to read the book or watch the movie again. The term didn't refer exclusively to NASA astronauts, but also to the military test pilots of the experimental flight testing programs, who (as the story underlined) had a far more challenging, dangerous and less-rewarding job. And the movie even referenced the fact that the Mercury astronauts, despite having "the right stuff," were essentially just human guinea-pigs with very little actual responsibility (recall the scene where Yeager points out that the first American astronaut will be a monkey), unlike the experimental test pilots whose skills were crucial to the program and indeed to their very own survival. If a monkey can be an astronaut, surely a random millionaire can.
Is "the right stuff" a myth? No, it's not a myth. But it's not a necessity for spaceflight either.