Okay, so this is going to sound very strange, but the next arc of my Into the Cosmos story is going to feature a fictional superheroine active in the 1960s, and I need some information about the Mercury Program.
1) Other than Aurora 7's landing off-course and Liberty Bell 7's sinking, what are some accidents/incidents in which our heroine could have helped to save the day? (Also, anywhere I could get more info on LB7 would be appreciated.)
2) How much detail did the media include in their accounts of the astronauts' training? (I.E., would somebody who just read what was in the newspapers know what the MASTIF was, or the Dilbert Dunker?) What details would only somebody who had also undergone the training know?