Monday, February 20, 2012

Dear Mr. Glenn,

Thanks for your role in the beginning of America's race for the Moon.

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Scientific American Blog:  John Glenn: The Man Behind the Hero
Universal Newsreel:  Universal Newsreel on YouTube
NASA Mercury Archive:


  1. Very nice post.

    It is also a great tribute to Sen. Glenn. I do hope he sees it.

    I remember fondly watching Allen Sheppard going into space and with even greater enthusiasm watching John Glenn. It was such a great time to be a child. Maybe even greater if one was older. To watch man go from flying airplanes to walking on the moon.

    It is a great shame to this nation that Nixon killed the space program.

    I really like that spaceman image. In a way the old science fiction spacemen and rockets as well as many of the old science fiction things made the real science that came later so much more interesting. In a way to me when the actual things came to be it took something away from those fantastic drawings and stories, but then in a very different way added something to them. I guess that is why I will always like the old airplane drawings and spaceman drawings and old Jules Verne movies. Not to forget the Time Machine.

  2. It continues to amaze me that we were able to accomplish so much with "stone knives and bear skins." Thanks for this tribute to John Glenn and the other Mercury astronauts, as well as the engineers and scientists who made our space program possible.

  3. And it was all done without computers! Slide rules and typewriters....

    1. And vacuum tubes! It still amazes me what the early space program looked like and how quickly the technology evolved.

      I love space literature from the 1920s through the 60s. It was all speculative and people let their imaginations run.

      I wish people would pay more attention to the ongoing ISS program and all of the good science coming out of the various NASA probes and space based telescopes. They just verified the existence of a water planet and no one seems to have noticed.


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