July 9, 2011
cheatsheet:

newsweek:

In April 1981 Newsweek published a cover story on the Space Shuttle program, then just getting underway with the launch of Columbia that week from Kennedy Space Center. In it, the editors call the program “the most spectacular sales promotion in history,” predicting that the future in space lies in fact with private industry—a belief mirrored by the Obama administration nearly three decades later:

Once investment in space loses its element of risk, predicts NASA’s Bekey, “industry will jump in.” If so, Columbia’s historic voyage may turn out to be not only a splendid technical and scientific achievement, but also perhaps the most spectacular sales promotion in history. Even as mankind’s great adventure in space is getting under way, it is also, in a sense, ending. Impelled by the dual human imperatives to explore—and to see if some money can be made at it—we have begun to probe the very fringes of a great uncharted sea; already, we want to know where the best fishing is.

Newsweek, 4/27/1981

Standing by for blastoff!

Wow, this is really awesome. And I still hope they were right!

cheatsheet:

newsweek:

In April 1981 Newsweek published a cover story on the Space Shuttle program, then just getting underway with the launch of Columbia that week from Kennedy Space Center. In it, the editors call the program “the most spectacular sales promotion in history,” predicting that the future in space lies in fact with private industry—a belief mirrored by the Obama administration nearly three decades later:

Once investment in space loses its element of risk, predicts NASA’s Bekey, “industry will jump in.” If so, Columbia’s historic voyage may turn out to be not only a splendid technical and scientific achievement, but also perhaps the most spectacular sales promotion in history. Even as mankind’s great adventure in space is getting under way, it is also, in a sense, ending. Impelled by the dual human imperatives to explore—and to see if some money can be made at it—we have begun to probe the very fringes of a great uncharted sea; already, we want to know where the best fishing is.

Newsweek, 4/27/1981

Standing by for blastoff!

Wow, this is really awesome. And I still hope they were right!

  1. girl-xinh reblogged this from jessbennett
  2. moanwoo reblogged this from awesomecraft
  3. picardwouldtotallyrulekirk reblogged this from awesomecraft and added:
    NOT!
  4. heysnap reblogged this from davereed and added:
    Famous last words….
  5. davereed reblogged this from awesomecraft and added:
    via awesomecraft
  6. awesomecraft reblogged this from nationaljournal
  7. jlweyenberg reblogged this from cheatsheet and added:
    Wow, this is really awesome. And I still hope they were right!
  8. mrdodo-b reblogged this from nightline
  9. ptan reblogged this from newsweek
  10. aureliajulia reblogged this from newsweek
  11. echanplus reblogged this from jacony
  12. jacony reblogged this from newsweek
  13. adrianne44 reblogged this from cheatsheet
  14. paulineerika reblogged this from judgyk
  15. untoldhistory reblogged this from jessbennett
  16. jessbennett reblogged this from newsweek and added:
    In this April 1981 Newsweek cover, the editors called the just-launched space shuttle program—which began with the...
  17. fuckyeahnewsweekarchives reblogged this from newsweek and added:
    just-launched space shuttle program—which began with the Columbia—the “most...history.”...
  18. jhockey reblogged this from newsweek
  19. blade-runner reblogged this from newsweek
  20. getawayfrommenow reblogged this from newsweek
  21. judgyk reblogged this from newsweek
  22. northtowardhome reblogged this from lohud
  23. comma-butt reblogged this from nightline
  24. lohud reblogged this from newsweek
  25. gonnamakeshithappen reblogged this from nightline
  26. chizzybmcflyy reblogged this from nightline
  27. thesequesterstolemylunchmoney reblogged this from newsweek and added:
    If only this was true…
  28. brianjcarney reblogged this from newsweek