July 21st, 2012

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The race for space has just begun

Have Rocket, Will Travel: the name practically screams, 1950s discount science fiction. It's not. Well, maybe it is. It's a Three Stooges movie, part of the attempts to take a comedy team that's great at two reels and spread them out to eight or nine or so. It's got a catchy opening song, at least (``The race for space has just begun/ the race to reach the Moon and Sun/ And we've got half the battle won/ Have rocket --- ohhh --- will gravel!'') by Geogre Duning and Stanley Styne that I'll have to use for some later space-based posts. But it's also a Curly Joe picture.

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It's one more odd scene in eighty minutes of odd scenes.

Trivia: The Apollo 11 Lunar Module ascent stage was jettisoned from the Command and Service Module, after redocking, at an altitude of 61.6 nautical miles above the lunar surface. Source: Apollo By The Numbers: A Statistical Reference, Richard W Orloff. NASA SP-4029.

Currently Reading: The Secret Life Of Bletchley Park, Sinclair McKay.