That famed John Glenn quote about a rocket’s millions of lowest-bidder parts

With Pentagon contracting coming in for elevated levels of scrutiny since the presidential election — see: President-elect Donald Trump’s recent remarks on Air Force One and fighter-jet procurement arrangements — this lighthearted reflection about climbing into an Atlas rocket on a NASA launchpad in 1962, attributed to astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn, who died last week at 95, was perhaps preordained to attract fresh attention:

‘I felt exactly how you would feel if you were getting ready to launch and knew you were sitting on top of 2 million parts — all built by the lowest bidder on a government contract.’

— Attributed to John Glenn

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