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  • Angst Dissonance: Grissom's prolonged attempt to prove he's not a "squirming hatch-blower."
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The astronauts and their wives all stand together to protect John Glenn's wife, a shy woman who stutters, from being in a televised meeting with LBJ.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Certainly the high point of Bill Conti's composing career.
    • A truly awesome film soundtrack -- And no soundtrack album was ever released. What were they THINKING?
    • It may have something to do with the fact that the main theme's similarity to Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto teeters on the ragged edge of plagiarism.
      • Tchaikovsky is in the public domain.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The lines "You know what makes this bird go up? Funding makes this bird go up.", and "No bucks, no Buck Rogers.", are painful now that NASA is at a standstill after the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome
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