As you can probably figure out from this thread, I really like rockets. I was born in the ‘Space Age’. I ate it up, from I Dream of Jeannie to It’s About Time to Star Trek to Space: 1999 and more, I loved space! I remember watching Walter Cronkite as he covered the Apollo missions. I had a plastic rocket on one of my birthday cakes. The body had a couple of levers on it that, when sqeezed, launched the Mercury capsule on a spring. I think I mentioned in the other thread that I have all of the Apollo mission patches mounted and framed hanging over my bed.
Several years ago I bought Moon Shot, a chronicle of the Apollo programme. I haven’t watched it in a few years now, but I’ve just noticed it on my video shelf. I think I’ll pull it out and watch it. Barry Corbin (astronaut ‘Maurice Minnifield’ on Northern Exposure) narrates as the late Donald ‘Deke’ Slayton. The archive footage is wonderful to watch. It reminds me of when I was a kid, watching the launches live. (As Freud said, ‘Oh, to be Jung again!’ But that’s a subject for another thread.) The coverage of the Apollo programme is excellent.
Project Mercury first flew 44 years ago. America’s first astronauts, Alan Shepard, Jr., Walter ‘Wally’ Schirra, Jr., John Glenn, Jr., Virgil ‘Gus’ Grissom, M. Scott Carpenter, Donald ‘Deke’ Slayton, L. Gordon Cooper, Jr., are no longer young test pilots. Some of them are dead. Grissom died in Apollo I. Shepard and Slayton died of illnesses. Gemini astronaut Pete Conrad died after a motorcycle crash in 1999, at the age of 69.
If you’re interested in the Space Programme, this video is a must-see. The space pioneers are fading away. Watch and remember.