Anniversary of the Challenger tragedy…may they all be resting in peace.
It’s as simple as that.
Never get sick of seeing this. Thinking of Ed, Roger, and Gus today. And all of you.
|—||My dad sending me a link to something he wanted me to look at it. So cute I can’t stand it.|
After Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union during a CIA spy flight on May 1. 1960, NASA issued a press release with a cover story about a U-2 conducting weather research that may have strayed off course after the pilot reported difficulties with his oxygen equipment. To bolster the cover-up, a U-2 was quickly painted in NASA markings, with a fictitious NASA serial number, and put on display for the news media at the NASA Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base on May 6, 1960. The U-2 cover story in 1956 was that it was an NACA plane to conduct high-altitude weather research. But various observers doubted this story from the beginning. Certainly the Soviets did not believe it once the aircraft began overflying their territory. The NASA cover story quickly blew up in the agency’s face when both Gary Powers and aircraft wreckage were displayed by the Soviet Union, proving that it was a reconnaissance aircraft. This caused embarrassment for several top NASA officials.
Greatest picture ever? Probably.
"Gillian was kind enough and I’ve never said this, but I was aware that when I was directing that.. I know she was tired. And there were times when we would be more prepared or less, let’s say, than other times. And she really was there and you can see it in that scene. She’s really just doing just wonderful work for me, you know? And I really felt like it was for me, and it was just really.. I recognized it and I don’t think I’ve ever told you.." - David Duchovny