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 [FLORIDA] TIME & SPACE

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……….Moments in Time

&Space

 

  DISCOVERY
BACK TO THE FUTURE (Sept. 29,1988)

  DAY IN THE LIFE
DISCOVERY 2005

  FREE FLIGHT:
JULY 4th 2006

  PRE DAWN DISCOVERY
The Final Mission (Feb. 24, 2011)

  NAKED LAUNCH
Florida’s Finest Art (1997)

  MAYBE MARS?
The Inaugural Falcon (Feb. 6, 2018)

  FIRST TO RIDE THE DRAGON
SpaceX Astronauts (May 27, 2020)

 


— video b/ dave. [OriginalNoise.Org]

The Visionary

“Imagine” (a man on the moon) 

John Fitzgerald Kennedy understood the importance of exploration, discovery, and the LURE OF THE MOON.

“Hit The Road Jack”  b/ Ray Charles

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— NASA

 

 

1947 — The Muroc Army Air Field in California has test pilots fly high-speed aircraft such as the rocket-powered Bell X-1, but some are killed as a result. After another pilot, Slick Goodlin, demands $150,000 (equivalent to $1,683,000 in 2018) to attempt to break the sound barrier, war hero Captain Chuck Yeager receives the chance to fly the X-1. While on a horseback ride with his wife Glennis, Yeager collides with a tree branch and breaks his ribs, which inhibits him from leaning over and locking the door to the X-1. Worried that he might not fly the mission, Yeager confides in friend and fellow pilot Jack Ridley. Ridley cuts off part of a broomstick and tells Yeager to use it as a lever to help seal the hatch to the X-1, and Yeager becomes the first person to fly at supersonic speed, defeating the “demon in the sky.”

Six years later, Muroc, now Edwards Air Force Base, still attracts the best test pilots. Yeager (now a major) and friendly rival Scott Crossfield repeatedly break the other’s speed records. They often visit the Happy Bottom Riding Club run by Pancho Barnes, who classifies the pilots at Edwards as either “prime” (such as Yeager and Crossfield) that fly the best equipment or newer “pudknockers” who only dream about it.

Gordon “Gordo” Cooper, Virgil “Gus” Grissom and Donald “Deke” Slayton, captains of the United States Air Force, are among the “pudknockers” who hope to also prove that they have “the Right Stuff.”

“No bucks, no Buck Rogers.”

Officials understand, that rather than keep their test program secrect, it would be better for funding if they promoted the most exciting new program.

Cooper’s wife, Trudy, and other wives are afraid of becoming widows, but cannot change their husbands’ ambitions and desire for success and fame.

 

 

1957 The Russian satellite Sputnik alarms the United States. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson and military leaders demand that NASA help America defeat the Russians in what was called the Space Race.

The search for the first Americans in space excludes Yeager because he lacks a college degree.

 

Tom Wolfe’s book (movie) “The Right Stuff”  is  one of the best told stories about America’s Space Program. Specifically, the Mercury Program, and the original seven astronauts who were first to explore outer space.


Although test pilots at Edwards mock the Mercury Astronauts as “spam in a can,”  they do recognize that they are no longer the fastest men on Earth. “it takes a special kind of man to volunteer for a suicide mission” Yeager said, “especially when it’s on national TV.”

Lockheed NF-104A, Yeager attempts to set a new altitude record in a brand new Lockheed NF-104A that would take him to the edge of space. As he climbed to where he could see out of the Earth’s atmosphere, the 104A’s engine stalled, and Yeager was seriously burned when he had to eject as the plane plumeted toward the desert floor. Surviving the fall, Yeager gathered up his spent parachute before walking himself to an approaching ambulance, proving that, although never making it to space, he no doubt always had The Right Stuff.

May 15, 1963 — Cooper has a successful launch (Mercury/Atlas 9) ending the Mercury program. As the last American to fly into space alone, he “went higher, farther, and faster than any other American … for a brief moment, “Gordo” Cooper became the greatest pilot anyone had ever seen.”
Frank Sinatra
“Live at The Sands”
The Rat Pack
Jerry Lewis (“The Bellboy)
Miami Beach (“When The Beach Was Hot”)
Fontainebleau (Victoria’s Secret)
Eden Rock
Eva Gardner
“Tony Rome”
Jackie Gleason
“The Honeymooners”
Wayne Cochran (“Going Back To Miami”)
C.C. Riders
Jaco Pastorius
The Fort Lauderdale Strip
In The Ghetto

1959

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is created.

(NASA) invites test pilots, from around the United States Armed Services to join the newest generation of explorers. Although Alan Shepard was on the list, his invitation was misplaced and he didn’t officially receive an offer to join. Regardless, he was selected to be one of the first sevenAmerican Astronauts.

Known as the Mercury 7, the group included John Glenn, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Donald “Deke” Slayton, Malcolm “Scott” Carpenter, Walter “Wally” Schirra and Gordon Cooper. From this prestigious group of highly trained fliers, Shepard was selected to pilot the first flight into space, with Glenn as his backup.
The stakes were raised (April 15, 1961) when the Soviet Union launched cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to orbit the Earth.

AMERICA vs. RUSSIA
Some Russian thing called “Sputnik” flew by overhead,
and the race to put a man on the moon was on.

 

Flight To Be Free

The Soviet Union was first to escape the Earth, but America was quick to respond. Three weeks later, after bad weather cancelled two scheduled launches, Shepard was ready to fly.

May 5, 1961 — Freedom 7 lifted off, carrying Shepard to an altitude of 116 miles (187 kilometers) for a 15-minute suborbital flight. Because of the placement of the porthole windows, the first American in space was unable to catch a glimpse of the stars, and he was strapped in too tight to experience weightlessness. Also, a filter left on the periscope window made the Earth appear black and white.

Although The Soviets had reached the historic milestone first, and Gagarin had achieved a longer orbital flight, Shepard’s suborbital flight still made a significant worldwide impact. Unlike with Gagarin,Shepard’s launch, flight, and splashdown were watched on live television by millions of people, around the World. 

Shepard, the first American to reach outer space, was an overnight hero, and president John F. Kennedy awarded him the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, in a ceremony on the White House lawn.

 

1960
The Original Seven
Mercury Seven Astronauts
John Glenn
Alan Shepard
Wally Schirra
Scott Carpenter
Gordon “Gordo” Cooper
Virgil “Gus” Grissom
Donald “Deke” Slayton
Mercury
Gemini
Apollo

April 12, 1961 — Russian Yuri Gagarin, having been the First Man In Space, inspires an almost humiliated United States of America. The Original Seven couldn’t have been more motivated to get in the fight … The Race to The Moon.

Alan Shepard was America’s Great “White” Hope

May 5, 1961Alan Shepard is the First “American” In Space
(15-minute, sub-orbital flight, rocket: Redstone 3)

American Hero
February 20, 1962John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth (Mercury/Atlas 6). After surviving a fiery re-entry with a dangerously loose heat shield on his capsule, Glenn splashed down a celebrity. After a ticker-tape parade (5th Ave. NYC), he, his fellow astronauts, and their families became the center of pop culture attention, including a Texas-size celebration in the Sam Houston Coliseum to announce the opening of the Manned Space Center in Houston.

MERCURY/ORIGINAL 7 SITE

 

The Great Race

“Stairway To The Stars”
….b/ Ella Fitzgerald

(song)

 

  Space Program Timeline: [Mercury /Gemini /Apollo]

— NASA

The Original Star Voyagers

THE MERCURY 7:
AMERICA’S ORIGINAL ASTRONAUTS (1959)

ALAN SHEPARD:
FIRST AMERICAN IN SPACE (May 5, 1961)

JOHN GLENN:
FREEDOM 7, FIRST TO ORBIT (Feb. 20, 1962)

 

Tom Wolfe’s book (movie) “The Right Stuff”  is  one of the best told stories about America’s Space Program. Specifically, the Mercury Program, and the original seven astronauts who were first to explore outer space.

 

GEMINI

It Takes Two To Rendezvous

GEMINI 1:
IT TAKES TWO TO RENDEZVOUS (April 8, 1964)

 

GEMINI 4:
ED WHITE’S WEIGHTLESS STROLL (June 3, 1965)

GEMINI 8:
NEIL ARMSTRONG’S WILD RIDE (March 16, 1966)

 

Destination Moon” b/

APOLLO 1:
TRAGIC BEGINNINGS (Feb. 21, 1967)

 

Apollo 8
EARTHRISE (Dec. 24, 1968)

God Created The Heavens and The Earth.

APOLLO 11:
“ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN”
(JULY 20, 1969)

1969

..“Ball of Confusion”
b/ The Temptations (Motown)

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*1969-PANEL-1

1969 w/ “Ball Of Confusion”
Rage, Violence, and Hope … The World had never been less certain.

BACK TO “THE BRIDGE”
MAY 5, 1961 (Alan Shepard/First American In Space)

 

Apollo 11

“One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind”
— Neil Armstrong as he stepped onto the Moon.

A short documentary, including the launch, the landing, and the celebration of Apollo 11, and Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to leave a footprint on the moon.

Robert Rauschenberg was an influential ’60sPop Artist who often used news clippings and photographs in his collage-style prints.

July 21, 1969 The Day Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, and answered one of Earth’s oldest mysteries. Since the first man looked up and saw stars twinkling in the sky, all mankind has imagined how it would feel … The Day Neil Armstrong touched another heavenly body, the body with our complete and timeless attention. THE MOON. 

What A Day The Day Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, legendary (CBS) newsman, Charles Kuralt sent members of his team of journalists around the United States, to document everyday American life, on that most extraordinary day. After the report was written, edited, and produced, it was stored on a shelf for the next 25 years. Its airing in 1994, was the opening of a time capsule, Kuralt’s intention was to let the photography and reporting mature (without manipulation) and stand as a most accurate document of time.

1969

As the war in Vietnam raged hotter than ever, Easy Rider was the Hollywood movie that came to define the time America escaped the most violent and angry decade, but long before the careless sex, drugs, and rock n roll of the 1970s.

Jimi Hendrix laid down a rock n roll foundation that electric guitarist are still building upon today, 50 years later … and he did it mostly between 1967 and 1970, the year he died.

Robert Rauschenberg

APOLLO 13:
THE LONGEST 7 DAYS
(April 11-17, 1970)

Andy Warhol
The Meaning of Pop
(American Pop
Interview Magazine
Basquiat
The Doors
Men In Black 3 …

John F. Kennedy (JFK)
PT-109 — 1963 (McHale’s Navy)
Some Like It Hot — 1959
Marilyn Monroe
James Dean
Camelot
Jackie O

•  Bay Of Pigs — April 17-21, 1961
 Cuban Missiles — October 1962 (Matinee)

Where’s The Boys Are (Yankee Clipper)
Goldfinger

“Going Back To Miami”  b/ Wayne Cochran (1966)

Miami Go Go
Playboy After Dark

•  Muhamad Ali
•  The Beatles
•  One Night In Miami
Clambake (1967)
PAN AM (TV Series)
•  Eastern Airlines
Liberty City Riot (1968) 
•  Richard Nixon
•  Republican National Convention (1968)
•  Jim Morrison (Melbourne High School / Miami)
Republican National Convention (1972)
•  Murph The Surf (Jack Roland Murphy
•  Ross  Allen
•  Jack Horkheimer: Star Hustler —  “Naked-Eye” astronomy television show  (1976-1985) and was broadcast nationally in 1985. Created, produced and written by Horkheimer, the show changed its name to Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer in 1997 because Internet searches were producing results for the adult magazine Hustler. Horkheimer was known nationally for his commentaries about “astronomical events.” He was a science commentator for local Miami news station, starting in 1973.  A 1982 viewing event for the Jupiter Effect inadvertently resulted in a nighttime riot due to media coverage beyond Horkheimer’s control. In 1986, he helped promote an event for viewing Halley’s Comet, traveling towards the equator aboard the supersonic airliner Concorde. He appeared on CNN several times, narrating Solar Eclipses and even hosted shows on Cartoon Network.

Miami Vice
Madonna
Versace
Prince

— NASA

November 27, 2009 — Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-129) landing on runway 33 at Kennedy Space Center

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[FLORIDA]TIME & SPACE

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Renaissance Man

Vitruvian Man

Leonardo da Vinci [500 YEARS] A CULTURAL ICON.

NASA Moves to The Cape

U.S. SPACE PROGRAM
MERCURY —
GEMINI —
APOLLO —
VOYAGER —
Pioneer —
Trident —
SHUTTLE —
Columbia —
International Space Station —
Hubble Telescope —
Mars Rover —

THE MERCURY 7

AMERICA’S ORIGINAL ASTRONAUTS
The Right Stuff

No Bucks, No Buck Rogers



Discovery / Back To The Future (1988)
Naked Launch / Pretty As A Picture (1997)
Day In The Life / First Family
Free Flight / July 4th 2006
“Final Dawn” (2011)
SpaceX Cometh / The Privateers
Inaugural Falcon / Dreams of Mars
The Dragon Rises / Men In Space [X]

DISCOVERY: BACK THE FUTURE (Sept. 29, 1988)

When Vice was Cool …

[Sept. 28, 1984] — After the introducing credits, the first image seen by a viewer of the Miami Vice pilot was the Carlyle Hotel‘s neon sign, panning down to Don Johnson as Sonny Crockett, smoking a cigarette, and being annoyed by a group of break-dancing B-Boys, accompanied by a noticeably loud, ’80s-ready boom box.

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cocaine city
(November 23, 1981) — Time Magazine describing Miami as a city awash in cocaine, and noting its ranking as “The Murder Capital of the World,” was the biggest blow to South Florida’s most important tourism industry.

 “Cocaine Cowboys” is a (2006) documentary film, telling the story of a city addicted to, and nearly destroyed by, the Colombian white powder and the shooting war between the Colombian and Cuban gangs fighting for control of Miami.

This is the real-life story that inspired “Miami Vice” and “Scarface.

“Voices” by Russ Ballard

“Voices” (above) As Don Johnson pilots his Chris Craft Stinger 390X

1980s Soundtrack
A selection of some of the most memorable Miami Vice songs and scenes.

 “Miami Vice Theme” (opening credits by Jan Hammer)

 “In the Air Tonight”  (Phil Collins’ closed the 1984 pilot)

 “Brothers In Arms” (Dire Straits “Edgar Allan Poe”)

 “Smuggler’s Blues” (Glenn Frey “Smuggler’s Blues”)

 “You Belong to The City” (Glenn Frey “Prodigal Son”)

Making Miami”Cool”Again
by DAVE BARRY

(Miami Herald)

I came to Miami in the early ’80s, when the Cocaine Cowboy era was still going strong and Miami’s image — not without reason — was horrible. Time magazine had published its now-famous cover story Paradise Lost, encapsulated by this cheerful sentence: “An epidemic of violent crime, a plague of illicit drugs and a tidal wave of refugees have slammed into South Florida with the destructive power of a hurricane.”
Which was, more or less, true. The bad publicity took its toll: Tourism suffered because people were afraid to visit Miami. I wrote an essay about this for the Herald’s Sunday magazine, Tropic. To promote it, we gave out bumper stickers that said “Come Back To Miami
Readers loved those bumper stickers. But not everybody down here thought it was funny. Miami’s civic leaders — the politicians, the tourism people, the Chamber of Commerce — hated the jokes and the bad publicity. They were openly jealous of Orlando, with its Mouse-tastic attractions and safe, antiseptic, family-friendly image. Our leaders wanted Miami to be more like that. But Miami wasn’t Orlando, not even close. Bad things kept happening down here.

Then, in 1984, Miami Vice happened. Theoretically, this should have been our civic leaders’ worst nightmare: People were avoiding Miami because they thought it was infested with violent drug criminals, and then along came a hugely popular TV show that presented Miami as a place that was … infested with violent drug criminals!
But here’s the thing: Miami Vice made Miami look cool. Yes, many drug busts went down on the show, and many fatal shots were fired. But they were fired by Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas! Who were hot! And who wore designer jackets! Over pastel designer T-shirts! And designer linen pants! And designer Italian loafers WITHOUT SOCKS!
The premise was ridiculous, of course — “undercover” Miami police officers Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs, looking nothing like any undercover police officers anywhere ever, driving around in flashy, insanely expensive cars and boats, emitting melodramatic dialogue and inevitably ending each episode taking down a drug kingpin — in Miami Vice, three out of every four Miami residents were drug kingpins — in a hail of bullets, accompanied by a hip (for the ’80s) music soundtrack.
And guess what? Everybody loved it. Including Miami. Especially Miami. For one thing, the city looked pretty good, in a seedy, tropical, lush, degenerate, Eurotrash supermodel way. It looked cool.
It also looked exciting. Miamians began to see the fact that we weren’t Orlando as a good thing. Orlando was a place where you went to stand in line in the heat with your whining kids for 73 minutes to ride around in spinning teacups for 73 seconds. Miami was a place you went without your kids (maybe even without your spouse) to drink mojitos and smoke cigars (or maybe something else) and stay up all night and have an adventure. If it felt foreign, disorganized, a little out of control, even a little dangerous … hey, that was cool. That was Miami.
At least that was the image. It’s still the essence of our image, 30 years later. Which is why I think Miami owes a debt of gratitude to Miami Vice. There should be a street named after it. And the street signs should be pastel. And somewhere on the street there should be a statue of Rico and Sonny, aiming guns at a kingpin only they can see.
And the Sonny statue should have stubble.

— Dave Barry /Miami Herald Columnist