My guest appearance talking about this film on the podcast Voices From L5.
Existential threats. Intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear submarines obviating much of the interest in basing nuclear weapons in space. Dangerous beeps and boops.
Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. Alan Shepard. National and global heroes.
Flight testing is really unsafe. Redstone rockets.
National competition in the day, feels to us more healthy and global-cooperative these days. For now. Until it gets cheaper and there are resources to fight over. :(
Human computers. Adding machines. Early programmable computers. (Justified) trust issues with these new machines. IBM 7090. Fortran.
Joe’s favorite superhero. A totally amazing list of accomplishments even before the Mercury program. And then the only person to ride in both the Mercury and Shuttle programs.
Appreciation for the people who pulled all of this stuff off, with special consideration for the women featured in the film.