|Remember in the movie Apollo 13 all of those guys in shirts and ties with their cigarettes? Welcome to your career at NASA!|
Our youngest daughter, the one who wants to go into engineering, was looking over my shoulder just now and commented on the first photo that it "looked like something promoting a job". The expression on her face said "meh". Marketing rockets and space travel is a whole lot easier than marketing math, science and engineering.
|This is a page from "The Question and Answer Book of Space" copyright 1965 and 1970. Herein witness the kind of kids' book I grew up with.|
Still, with a shared vision, people can dream of working together to do something really great.
To put this 1966 publication in perspective, our first one man capsule made a 15-minute trip above Earth's atmosphere on May 5, 1961. The rocket with lift capacity to reach the Moon was still a concept in 1966.
Factoid of the day: the 1961 Redstone missile delivered 78,000 pounds of thrust. To escape Earth's gravity and make it to the Moon and back, the first stage of the Saturn V generated 7,610,000 pounds of thrust.
Basically, it took a lot of this...
|At 5:14 AM on May 5, 1969, Lt. Commander Alan Shepard steps from a transport van and walks to a waiting Redstone missile. This image is scanned from the book "LIFE Science Library; Man and Space" copyright 1964 and 1966.|
|Image from "Album of Spaceflight" copyright 1983.|
I grew up with the Apollo space program and have fond memories of watching the first lunar landing at the tender age of five and the final missions featuring the lunar buggy. May your dreams of space be as pleasant.
P.S. The House Full of Nerds celebrated Apollo 11 day by watching the Star Trek episode Assignment: Earth. I'm pretty sure that Roberta Lincoln is using a computer controlled Royal Electress. Please correct me if I missed the typewriter identification.