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Date Posted: 01:30:34 08/01/05 Mon
Author: Eurydice
Author Host/IP: 141.154.26.135
Subject: Well, that makes more sense...I think :-)
In reply to: FlyingDeliveryBoy 's message, "Re: I don't remember the comics all that well" on 23:59:22 07/31/05 Sun

Of course, in those days that's what you'd use a spaceship for, fleeing the commies. Nowadays, we use use spaceships for boring scientific purposes and we get all picky about the crew having the training to match - *sigh* sooooo rigid and boring. ;-)

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[> [> [> [> [> It's not a matter of *fleeing* the commies... -- Clairel, 14:36:59 08/01/05 Mon [1] (139.78.194.213)

It's a matter of being first.

Maybe I'm the only person here old enough to remember the Space Race. In the 1950s when the Russians were the first to send up an (unmanned) satellite outside earth's atmosphere, a satellite called Sputnik, that was a terrible shock to Americans. We hadn't had any space program to speak of, but we did have Von Braun, so after Sputnik our space program went into top gear. Fantastic Four #1 came out four years after Sputnik and was clearly in response to it.

It all seemed terribly important back then. I think the fear was that the Russians would have orbital platforms for nuclear weapons if we didn't establish our own presence in space. And, hmm, I suppose they could have had that if we had sat on our hands.

Clairel


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[> [> [> [> [> [> It was a late night joke, sorry. -- Eurydice, 15:11:21 08/01/05 Mon [1] (141.154.24.39)

My whole family was kind of immersed in the space program - from design to engineering to intelligence - and that was my dream too, until I found out that the only jobs at NASA for women in those days were clerical and accounting positions. So, I'd like to think that any woman who gets to ride on a spaceship actually deserves to be there and not just because she was somebody's wife or girlfriend - even if we're just talking about comic books.


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