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10 December 2009 @ 03:28 pm
Space TV at Stately Wayne Manor  
Thank you, everyone who sent me snowflake cookies and hot chocolate, my profile is very sparkly now. Given the scratchy throat I woke up with, I need some cheer. I'm mainlining jasmine tea with honey and ginger and hoping this isn't the onset of flu.

We put aside most of our other TV watching to watch Space Stuff. It started with a meant to be fill in viewing of the first episode of From the Earth to the Moon, but we all got hooked. We've been mixing the appropriate movies in at the right moments. _The Right Stuff_ really should have gone first, but we didn't think of it until part way through and watched it then. But we watched _The Dish_ after the Apollo 11 episode -- it was very cool to see the same mission calls and dialogue in a different context-- and last night we watched_ Apollo 13_ as a runup to the FtEttM Apollo 13 episode. It's a testament to the movie that even though I've seen it several times, and even though it's a real life story so I knew what happened even the first time, I still get tense as the minutes drag past and the capsule doesn't answer after ionization.

This has been the story of the engineers; even when it focuses on the astronauts, it's in the role of working with the design teams, how they shape the vehicle and the program, their determination to be more than monkeys. And even though I'm a space geek (poor zdashamber and cyranocyrano get subjected to me and fellow space nerd tersa geeking back and forth), FtEttM really makes me *feel* what an insane feat of engineering it was. A three part machine to deliver another machine into space, which splits into two machines, which then go off on their own missions, each of which split *again* into two machines... tersa called it the matryoska doll of technology, and I could not disagree. And many of them made by different companies and team, and all having to fit together. It's nice to feel it as the miracle of technology it was, instead of taking it for granted.
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Seth Adam Sher: Where Eagles Daredjfanboy on December 11th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
"spider" and "galileo was right" are my favorite FtEttM episodes.

the last one just makes me cry.
VanderVeckenxthread on December 12th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Will you be posting your preferred viewing order for all of the above?
Brian Kendig: cheerfulfoxmagic on December 16th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Hey! By the way!

Thank you for the LJ snowflake cookie. :-) It tickled me to be thought of!

I'm glad you're still out there - wish we crossed paths more often! I still dream of catching up with all my friends more often, and someday that dream shall come true. *smiles*

And, thank you for reminding me of From the Earth to the Moon, which I've still never seen! I am adding that to my list of must-sees. I really enjoyed Band of Brothers; is it the same sort of docudrama, only set two decades later? And of course Apollo 13 is wonderful, and so is The Right Stuff but I don't think I've seen that since I saw it in a theatre.

If you enjoy anime, I recommend Planetes; even though it's science-fiction, it felt like it got a lot of the details right. :)