©1998 Joe McNally
Although only 10 years old when Glenn went into space for the first time in his Mercury space craft, interestingly, McNally used visual memories of that coverage as inspiration for his own shooting.

"There were numerous instances where I just kind of got this reverberation where I recalled the original coverage of the Mercury days," he says. "and consciously or unconsciously I had that in mind in trying to develop the coverage now in a way that could be analogous to that coverage. I also used that coverage as a lever to try to pry the doors open a little bit. They would say, 'Well, you can't do that because there is no precedent for doing that' and I would say, 'Well, there is a precedent. If you look here in 1962 you did do this'."