"For NASA, 'The Right Stuff' Takes On A Softer Tone"

Well, that's one way to put it, I guess. Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff and its movie version brilliantly depict America's first astronauts fighting against NASA bureaucrats to keep their balls--the piloting skills they earned the hard way, by surviving dangerous, experimental aircraft.

It took NASA almost 50 years, but these days, since space is no longer about actually going anywhere useful, their bureaucrats have finally won that battle.