Bringing in the week with Frank learning that the USS Yorktown is out of pancakes.
Astronaut Gordon Cooper has biomedical sensors attached to his body before a centrifuge run.
6/1/65, Cape Kennedy: “Astronauts James Lovell back-up pilot and James McDivitt at breakfast before their pre-flight physical. Menu on table shows cartoon of GT-4 space craft with two small ducks along side saying, “Hope we have a ducky flight.”
Gemini 4: Baby Ducks Edition.
I am about to die of the cuteness.
How excited is Jim for that breakfast
I like to think that Gus Grissom and Wally Schirra are gossiping about whoever’s in that centrifuge.
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.
Snuggling under a blanket together. So Apollo 8.
2 years today. We miss you, Neil.
Gearing up for a rough week over here. Made more sad reflecting on the loss of Neil two years ago. The world will (hopefully) continue to remember the name Neil Armstrong, what he did, how many people made it possible, what it meant. But I love that the NASA fandom will remember him as the man - the gem of a man that he was. I love that we are all missing him today. We are all winking at the moon tonight more than we usually do. We remember you, Neil. (Even if you don’t really want us to). Miss you, buddy.
If you’ve ever seen Apollo 13, but not listened to the Lovells’ commentary track, do it as soon as you can. You’ll learn a lot about the mission and NASA and the like, you’ll see just how incredibly accurate the movie is in so many details, you’ll see how good Ron Howard was at picking just what did need to be changed and cut out and condensed to make it work as a movie, and as an added bonus you get some adorable moments of the two as a loving couple. :)
I think I need to rewatch this commentary very very soon
Great 7 minute video here, which someone smarter than me may be able to embed, but it’s silent raw footage from the Nixon library showing the Apollo 11 splashdown and procedures on the Hornet. Lots of the 3 moonboys, as well as Frank, who was there
telling Nixon what to doas the NASA-WH liaison.
Happy Birthday, Spaceboy.
July 21st 1969. The moon from 10,000 nautical miles. Photographed from the Apollo 11 spacecraft during its journey home to Earth.
August 5, 1969: Neil Armstrong celebrates his 39th birthday in lunar quarantine after returning from the moon on July 24.
Happy birthday, Neil - we miss you.
Lots of Neil feelings today. And basically the whole month of August. And the whole summer, And all the time.