What: The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians and their contributions to the early American space program.
Directed by: Theodore Melfi
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kirsten Dunst,Kevin Costner, Aldis Hodge
Featuring guest co-host
Joe Ruppel, history nerd and our co-bff
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From the Earth to the Moon
Apparently actually kinda hard to find streaming, this is the dramatized portrayal of the Apollo manned space program. Joe is a big fan.
Get the thing Amazon
Existential threats. Intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear submarines obviating much of the interest in basing nuclear weapons in space. Dangerous beeps and boops.
Humans in Space
Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. Alan Shepard. National and global heroes.
Space stuff is dangerous
Flight testing is really unsafe. Redstone rockets.
National competition in the day, feels to us more healthy and global-cooperative these days. For now. Until it gets cheaper and there are resources to fight over. 🙁
Computers, human and otherwise
Human computers. Adding machines. Early programmable computers. (Justified) trust issues with these new machines. IBM 7090. Fortran.
Joe’s favorite superhero. A totally amazing list of accomplishments even before the Mercury program. And then the only person to ride in both the Mercury and Shuttle programs.
Appreciation for the people who pulled all of this stuff off, with special consideration for the women featured in the film.
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