I'm twenty-one and I'm crazy. Fangirl, (aspiring) scientist and writer. I'm at college in Boston right now, but New York will always be my home. Likes archaeology, astronomy, space travel, history, superhero comics, general science, the oceans, Star Wars, aviation, exploration/geography, mysteries and Disney. (Which is where my title comes from...)
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
"Well, when we didn’t have anything to do, we flew the spacecraft for enjoyment. The rocket blast returning us to earth was slightly stimulating. And the re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere, when we had but a two-degree tolerance, was a moderately interesting part of the trip. At that time, we only had three hours of oxygen left. If we had exceeded or underestimated the entry angle, we’d had gone into orbit for three weeks or broken up. That would have been slightly inconvenient."
- Frank’s deadpan response when asked during a Q&A what Apollo 8 did for ‘excitement’ on the mission.
12/17/68, Cape Kennedy: “Apollo-8 astronauts Bill Anders, Frank Borman and James Lovell (from left) enjoy a moment of relaxation outside the mission simulator prior to a practice “flight” for their scheduled 12/21 blast-off for the moon. In man’s most ambitious space project to date, the three hope to circle the moon and return safely to earth during a six-day mission.”
One thing from Countdown that I found very Frankesque was Frank explaining his happiness after splashdown; it wasn’t due to a successful mission or the near-certainty that America had won the space race, it was simply because it wouldn’t be long until he saw Sue and the boys again.