Since a huge word (and prefix) these last several years has been retro, this phrase was coined when they sent John Glenn back into space.
It can, by extension, be applied liberally to other instances of forced nostalgia.

They're having another gathering of retronauts on VH1 again!

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  • Chris Wild — aka The Retronaut is the creator of the blog How to be a Retronaut . In its review of How to be a Retronaut, the Guardian newspaper said: Rather than nostalgia or folly, the aim is enlightenment, wonder and the pleasure of weirdness .[1] In March …   Wikipedia

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