Astronauts come to museum to discuss space program that never launched

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Robert Crippen chose a highly secretive Air Force space flight program in the 1960s thinking he would have a better chance to fly in space than choosing the NASA astronaut corps and ride on a Gemini space flight.

But when the Air Force’s Manned Orbiting Laboratory program was canceled in June 1969 before the Air Force could launch a single astronaut into space, he was devastated….

Thursday, the Air Force museum was set to bring together Crippen with former MOL astronauts Karol Bobko, Abert Crews and Richard Truly and National Reconnaissance Office officials to talk publicly about the once highly secret manned reconnaissance space program that never took flight.

Read the story and watch the video clip in the Dayton Daily News.