From “One Giant Leap” boldness, to “Interstellar” brain cramps

Posted By on June 15, 2019


Brenda and I watched the movie Interstellar (2014) once before, but we watched it again this past week, and as often happens, we picked up on a few more interesting facts that made our brains hurt … well at least mine: General relativity, The Science of Interstellar, Black Holes and Time Warps.

Thankfully I could for the most part ignore the brain cramping and appreciate the parts of the filmHelloMyNameIsRich that made more sense to me like human emotion of love (HA!), computing and binary code. The last couple of items were areas of study that I semi-grew up with and can relate to its development. In particular, it reminds me of our space race which required computing power we did not have … and the pressure to build, advance and use it in the 1960s to get to the moon.   

BinaryCodeIt still boggles the mind as to the amount of courage, dedication and teamwork it took to actually put someone in space, orbit and return them to the earth … land then in a few short years actually land man on the moon. It’s been 50 years! We’ll mark the anniversary  next month one-giant-leap-9781501106293_lgas re remember July 20, 1969.

The book, “One Giant Leap – The Impossible Mission that Flew Us To The Moon,” by Charles Fishman is an amazing review and account of a few of the details that few of us think about nowadays when casually reflecting on the challenge facing NASA. Tidbits like the women “wiring” the 0 or 1 binary switches of early computers to what the “moon smells like.” Great book … and an excellent NPR FreshAir interviewmp3 (worth a listen).

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