Apollo 11 Celebration Brings Out Inner Soviet In Media
Apollo 11 Celebration Brings Out Inner Soviet In Media
The Apollo 11 mission was among the heights of human achievement. Which means it’s time for the leftist media to go “woke” on just how sexist and non-progressive 1960’s NASA was compared to modern-day 2019.
Yes, we are once again watching people who have zero concept of historical context attempt to suck the amazement, wonder, and accomplishment out of what should be considered one of the most amazing feats of human engineering and scientific knowledge. Instead, these woke-scolds are trying to bean-count to make sure that enough women and minorities are being talked about – and condemning 1960’s NASA as a racist, sexist institution not worthy of being celebrated for Apollo 11.
what in the hell is happening pic.twitter.com/RtmuhUyJa8
— Jason (@jasonelevation) July 18, 2019
These people must be a ton of fun at parties, since the only appropriate history to recollect and celebrate apparently started in 2008 with Barack Obama’s election. I’m truly sorry that history isn’t woke enough, socially just, or politically correct. Yet in their rush to condemn NASA and Apollo 11 for not being “woke,” they are crapping on the sheer courage and brilliant minds behind this signature accomplishment.
They are forgetting about the women who WERE involved at NASA. There’s really no excuse for this – there was even a movie about them! But the media has a narrative to push, so they are conveniently glossing over this part, leaving it for local media.
One of the best-known women to work on the Apollo 11 mission was also a programmer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who in 2016 was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama for her work on Apollo. Hamilton led the team behind the code that took the spacecraft to the moon, and even if you don’t know who she is, it’s possible you’ve seen an iconic photograph of her taken from her time with the Apollo program. She stands smiling next to the piled volumes of her code; the stack is as tall as she is. (You may even have seen this image on Twitter last April, when many users paired it with the image of Katie Bouman, also an MIT computer scientist, posing with hard drives containing data that made it possible to photograph a black hole.)”
What’s also being forgotten in the wake of the woke-scolds is that thanks to President Kennedy, NASA was working on a deadline.
Well before Apollo, William Randolph Lovelace II, the New Mexico physician who oversaw psychological and physical testing for the first corps of would-be astronauts, suspected that women might be good candidates for space travel. But Lovelace’s interest in sending women to space wasn’t rooted in lofty ideas of equity or feminism before its time, but in traditional notions of male and female labor. When Lovelace imagined human societies on space stations, he did it in accordance with the strict gender striations of the ’50s and ’60s: He thought that space stations would need workers like “telephone operators and laboratory assistants and nurses and things that were traditionally pink-collar jobs,” says Weitekamp. And that would mean sending women to space. “He is in some ways incredibly visionary and in some ways very much a product of his time,” she says.”
Thirteen women pilots did undergo Lovelace’s testing for potential astronauts, including Jerrie Cobb, an accomplished pilot who held world records for flying and who would go on to testify before Congress, arguing that women should be allowed into the astronaut corps.”
She never got her wish. In 1961, when President John F. Kennedy announced an ambitious timeline for getting a man onto the moon, NASA’s resources were funneled to that goal. The quick turn precluded any slower, more deliberate focus on human spaceflight that might have included women, says Weitekamp. Women were nowhere near the astronaut corps in 1961, and the speed required to reach the moon would mean NASA had to work with the pilots they had — all of them men. “Women didn’t get to participate in large part because NASA by the end of May 1961 is already focused on ‘what do we need to do to get to the moon and back?’ ” Weitekamp says.”
Why isn’t Margaret Hamilton’s name being sung loud and long by the social justice crowd, or the real history of women in NASA being discussed? Well, because it would wreck their narrative of the Soviet Union being a bastion of woke equality for putting a woman in space first. Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space as a part of Soviet propaganda, and she was nearly killed on her one and only mission.
Tereshkova joined the factory’s Young Communist League (Komsomol) and soon advanced to the Communist Party. She became interested in parachute jumping after joining the Yaroslavl Air Sports Club.”
After Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in 1961, Tereshkova volunteered for the Soviet space program. Although she did not have any experience as a pilot, she was accepted into the program because of her 126 parachute jumps. At the time, cosmonauts had to parachute from their capsules seconds before they hit the ground on returning to Earth.”
Along with four other women, Tereshkova received 18 months of training, which included tests to determine how she would react to long periods of time being alone, to extreme gravity conditions and to zero-gravity conditions. Of the five women, only Tereshkova went into space.”
Tereshkova was chosen to pilot Vostok 6. It was to be a dual mission. Cosmonaut Valeriy Bykovsky launched on Vostok 5 on June 14, 1963. Two days later, Tereshkova launched. The two spacecraft took different orbits and came within 3 miles (5 km) of each other. The cosmonauts exchanged communications.”
Tereshkova logged more than 70 hours in space and made 48 orbits of Earth. Soviet and European TV viewers saw her smiling face and her logbook floating in front of her. They did not realize that the flight almost turned into tragedy, a fact that was classified for about 40 years.”
An error in the spacecraft’s automatic navigation software caused the ship to move away from Earth, according to the RT news channel. Tereshkova noticed this and Soviet scientists quickly developed a new landing algorithm. Tereshkova landed safely but received a bruise on her face.”
She landed in the Altay region near today’s Kazakhstan-Mongolia-China border. Villagers helped Tereshkova out of her spacesuit and asked her to join them for dinner. She accepted, and was later reprimanded for violating the rules and not undergoing medical tests first.”
However, Tereshkova was honored with the title Hero of the Soviet Union. She received the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star Medal. She became a spokesperson for the Soviet Union and while fulfilling this role, she received the United Nations Gold Medal of Peace.”
Tereshkova never flew in space again. She later became a test pilot and instructor and earned a doctorate in technical sciences.”
To put it bluntly, the Soviet Union did not care how many of their cosmonauts were killed in their race to space. But here is the newspaper of Walter Duranty singing the praises of the highly progressive and woke Soviet Union. Disgusting.
While the NYT and the WaPo wallow in their wokeness, the rest of us should celebrate this momentous anniversary by acknowledging just what an achievement it was.
I can also recommend the amazing new podcast series “Apollo 11: What We Saw,” by the Daily Wire and Esoteric Radio Theatre, which is hosted by the incomparable Bill Whittle, for a comprehensive background on the space race leading up to the Apollo 11 mission. All four parts are now available on YouTube; part one is posted below.
Fifty years ago, man walked on the moon, and the world stopped to stare in awe and wonder. Today, the media wonders how we ever got by without being as woke and progressive as they are, busily reducing people to their gender or skin color instead of recognizing this moment in human history. One can only pity the small-mindedness of such a perspective on life, the universe, and everything.
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