Compare that to this video showing highlights from NASA's space program in 1965.
It is hard to believe that the US has gone through a few manned space systems in such a short time.
I like this comparison for three reasons.
- It gets to the heart of one of the question we care about most here at Americanscience: how can we best understand science as it took shape within the boundaries of the United States/North America/the Americas? That's a question that we've explored at some depth: here, here, here, and here. No matter the framing for your answer, I'm pretty sure NASA has to enter the picture.
- We here at Americanscience want to help you think about today's news with a historical perspective. That's a tall order. But juxtaposition is a way to start. Any space science historians out there? Shoot me a note in the comments. We'd love to share your insights at this crucial moment in NASA history.
- This is Prelinger Archives week: where I showcase the terrific Web holdings available for free on the Web to you Americanscience buffs.