I saw a couple young teens walk past my house with really cool NASA shirts on. I heard NASA is one logo that doesn’t fall under copywrite laws and can be incorporated into almost anything. These designer tee-shirts were colorful and definitely designed for young people looking to be noticed, but not as a space geek.

I’m sort of a space geek. As a kid of the 60s, I loved watching the spaceships take off on TV and remember sitting next to dad in the basement watching when we landed on the moon. In college, a group of us would gather and watch Space Shuttle launches with glee. We haven’t sent a man in space since Atlantis in 2011 unless you want to count the Virgin Airlines SpaceShipTwo manned flight in 2018 which just scraped the edge of space and is considered a suborbital flight.

 

And now there’s this…

The date for SpaceX’s first manned Crew Dragon flight has been set. NASA announced that the Demo-2 mission will lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 27, 2020, at 4:32 pm EDT with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard.

Of the 2500 cable channels available, I imagine at least one of them will show the May 27th launch live (the NASA channel for sure).

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I visited the National Air and Space Museum last year and this guy was parked in the middle of the floor

I bring all this up because I just finished watching ‘For All Mankind’ on AppleTV+. It’s a 10-part drama series that presents a revisionist history of the American vs Soviet space program. I won’t say it was a great show, but I can’t say it was bad. It was certainly interesting.

As The Guardian writes in their review…

Those with encyclopedic knowledge of Nasa in the late 60s will probably get the most out of this…

I describe the show as NASA in the ‘Mad Men’ era. Although the revision of actual history in the space race kept me on my toes trying to recall the actual timeline of events, it was entertaining following the characters navigate the workplace of the 60s where men smoking a lot of cigarettes and driving Corvettes were the in thing.

Midway through, the introduction of women qualifying to become astronauts brought the show to a much higher level of interest as 60s sexism and a hint of racism was on display.

I don’t know if I’d finish the series watching them one at a time. It’s definitely ‘slow burn’ television as nothing much seems to happen in each episode, but thanks to having a ton of time on my hand, I got to watch the episodes 3 at a time which is probably the only thing that kept me engaged. By my standards, there had to be something there to keep me on board for that long because I’m not one to watch anything that long.

Family, loyalty, pride, sexuality, race, power, politics, science, greed, parenting, and mental illness were the overriding themes. But, the one thing that really stuck out in this time of quarantine and stay-at-home orders was seeing the astronauts coping with isolation stuck on the moon in the space station receiving repeated 2-week promises they’d be coming back home.

If nothing else, the show has me hyped for the May 27th launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Maybe the girls in the NASA shirts will be watching, too.

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