Category: 1960s

2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968, directed by Stanl…

2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968, directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Astronaut John Glenn standing in the entrance …

Astronaut John Glenn standing in the entrance to an altitude test chamber, 1964.

June 23, 1960 – Researchers work with the moon…

June 23, 1960 – Researchers work with the moon dust simulator in the 8-by-6-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel facility at NASA’s Lewis Research Center. They were studying the effect of the lunar lander’s retrorockets on the loose dust on the surface of the Moon.

(NASA)

June 23, 1960 – A researcher works with the mo…

June 23, 1960 – A researcher works with the moon dust simulator in the 8-by-6-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel facility at NASA’s Lewis Research Center.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshko…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, painted by Amir Nuriahmetovich Mazitov, 1964. She became the first woman in space on June 16, 1963.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshko…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space on June 16, 1963.

ON THIS DAY: Delivering a shiny Atlas missile …

ON THIS DAY: Delivering a shiny Atlas missile to Walker Air Force Base in New Mexico, June 16, 1962.

(San Diego Air & Space Museum)

TODAY IN HISTORY: Soviet cosmonaut Valentina T…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. On June 16, 1963, she soared to the heavens with the Vostok 6 mission and orbited the Earth 48 times, spending almost three days in space. Fun fact: In order to join the Cosmonaut Corps, Tereshkova was inducted into the Soviet Air Force, but since the distinction was only honorary, she was the first civilian to fly in space. Two records, one trip.

Bonus fun fact: At the age of 77, Tereshkova said that she was ready to come out of retirement to go on a one-way trip to Mars, her favorite planet.

50 YEARS AGO TODAY: Inside a computer lab at t…

50 YEARS AGO TODAY: Inside a computer lab at the astronautics division of General Dynamics, June 13, 1968.

(San Diego Air & Space Museum)

TODAY IN HISTORY: A tornado strikes Walnut Gro…

TODAY IN HISTORY: A tornado strikes Walnut Grove, Minnesota on June 13, 1968. Photo by Eric Lantz, who was 16 at the time.

(MinnPost)