As anyone who knows me or has visited my home office knows, (where rescued original Douglas, Lockheed, and Aerojet ads from the 1950s and 1960s adorn the walls and beam futuristic optimism from behind protective glass,) I have a deep fascination with the historical presentation of space exploration and space concepts to the public.
Mine is a generation that seems drawn to an older era where public presentation and decorum still meant something and where the slick presentation of ideas in the public arena was truly inspirational (read: success of TV’s Mad Men and Pan Am aesthetic). It just so happens that this period also coincides with the Space Race.
On this note, I leave you with an image of the day, that of NASA‘s Project Mercury Mission Control:
Mercury Control at Cape Canaveral, 1968. (Credit: NASA)
Worth a thousand words.
In some ways, this feels somewhat more serious to me than our modern mission control centers, which tend to look increasingly like Information Technology departments rather than the central nervous systems for the Greatest Adventures Currently Undertaken by Humankind.
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