“I had one dream that was very vivid. We were driving the rover up to the north, you didn’t feel like you were out there. It was untouched, the serenity of it had a pristine purity about it. We crossed a hill, I felt ‘gosh, we’ve been here before’. There was a set of tracks in front of us, we asked Houston if we could follow the tracks and they said ‘yes’. So we turned and followed the tracks. It went on for about an hour or so and we found this vehicle, it looked just like the rover with two people in it and they looked just like me and John. They’d been there for thousands of years.”
— Astronaut Charles Duke of Apollo 16 describing a dream he had on the Moon in 1972. (via seldomforfoxes)
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NASA engineers at Mission Control in Houston celebrate the successful return to the Apollo 13 module’s successful return to Earth. The lives of the three astronauts on board had been in danger because of an explosion that damaged the craft’s oxygen supply and electrical power.
9:19 am • 27 August 2014 • 29 notes
I like to think that Gus Grissom and Wally Schirra are gossiping about whoever’s in that centrifuge.
9:17 am • 27 August 2014 • 14 notes
Select illustrations from The Rocket (A Ladybird ‘How It Works’ Book). I missed out on Ladybird Books when I was a kid thus my current obsession collecting them.
A Ladybird ‘How It Works’ Book: The Rocket, series ‘654.’ Originally published in1967. Illustrated by B.H. Robinson.
Featuring a modified two-engine Navajo-type missile, Manned Orbiting Laboratory, Lunar Gemini, and Telstar 1!
10:55 pm • 26 August 2014 • 409 notes
This Command Module was flown into space by Walter Schirra, Don Eisele and Walter Cunningham on Apollo 7, the first manned flight of the Apollo Program. On October 11, 1968, they became the only crew to fly from Launch complex 34 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, a launch complex which I have covered in a previous post (click here to view). The crew orbited the earth for 11 days, the length of a future Apollo Moon mission, testing the various Command Module systems.
On this blog, one of the things I typically try to cover is test flight aircraft. This capsule qualifies, sort of. Apollo 7 was the first test flight of the command module system. Also, this spacecraft maneuvered through the air during re-entry, so we could, without too much of a stretch, call it an aircraft. There you have it. Test flight aircraft. Sounds good, right?
This capsule is on display at the incredible Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas. I was very impressed with this museum. They have a pristine, non typical collection, beautiful facility, and very friendly, knowledgeable staff.
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Chicago is so cold in January that not only are the three moon pioneers snuggling under a blanket together, Jim’s glove appears to have frozen onto his face.
This might be my favorite photo of Jim Lovell.
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Lecture on Kinematics at University of California, Berkeley 1968
12:33 pm • 25 August 2014 • 297 notes
Fig. 22. The radiant point of the November meteors. 1890.
12:33 pm • 25 August 2014 • 637 notes