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.”
Gus Grissom’s appointment calendar from 1960 is for sale on EBay. It’s worth noting that on his wedding anniversary, instead of writing “anniversary” or the like, Gus drew a picture of wedding bells. If you don’t find this adorable, then we can’t be friends.
Astronaut Charles Duke visited the moon in 1972 as part of the Apollo 16 mission. He left behind a picture of himself, with his wife and two sons. He took a picture of it before he left. The photograph remains on the moon’s surface.
When I visited the Museum of Science late last year with my mother, I told her I was surprised the museum hadn’t revealed the 2013 recipient of their Washburn Award for individuals who advance public understanding of science. (It’s named for the MOS’s late founder, Bradford Washburn, whose awesomeness I have already expounded onseveral times) Usually there’s a huge banquet thing that costs two hundred dollars to get into, but there was no announcement of such a thing and I was worried maybe they hadn’t found anyone worthy and willing to accept the award.
Today I learned that wasn’t the case. They did find someone very worthy, he just wasn’t able to come in person. (Or perhaps he did, and Brad Washburn gave it to him privately…)
11/11/66: “A snapshot of Barbara George, above, 14, will be aboard Gemini 12 when the spacecraft is launched on its four-day orbital trip from Cape Kennedy today. Captain James Lovell, Gemini 12 command pilot, is taking the picture with him to give to Barbara as a souvenir when he returns. Barbara, who suffers from an incurable disease, is holding another souvenir from space, a piece of the heat shield from Gemini 7, Lovell’s earlier space excursion. Lovell and his wife are close friends of Barbara’s parents.”