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Heinlein and the space program 
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JamesGifford wrote:
An excellent project for some Nexus member to take on would be to importune AIAA for the right to poll their members about Heinlein's influence.

We can lend our slight institutional gravitas to anyone well-placed enough and motivated enough to make something of this.


I'd be willing to find the appropriate contact and draft a letter for review next week. The request should be on behalf of the Nexus organization, on letterhead, and will work best if a member of the steering committee signs the letter. Are any Nexus Steers also members of AIAA? Tim or Peter?

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JackKelly wrote:
Are any Nexus Steers also members of AIAA? Tim or Peter?


I am not (makes grunting steer-like noises).


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PeterScott wrote:
JackKelly wrote:
Are any Nexus Steers also members of AIAA? Tim or Peter?


I am not (makes grunting steer-like noises).


Steers don't say "moo," do they? Well, they might, since they've been emasculated.

Let me see next week if David Thompson will respond to an email inquiry.

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Isn't that a moo point?

You know, it isn't worth a cow's opinion?


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RobertJames wrote:
I've read quite a few memoirs of those in the space program, and so far, there's only been a single mention of the engineers involved often being science fiction readers,

The astronauts themselves would appear to be a bit too old for the juveniles, if not the original magazine appearances. But the engineers were all very young guys -- Mike Cassutt said their average age in 1969 (I think) was 29.

Which would put them at just the right age to be reading the juveniles as they appeared...


NASA had an oral-history program, interviewing engineers, scientists, astronauts, et al. Many interviews are PDFs at the Johnson Space Center site. (This was useful to me when I was looking for information about space suit engineers.)

I see 5 hits upon quickly looking for mentions of Heinlein in these interviews (and a few other unrelated Heinleins also turn up):

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=site%3Awww.jsc.nasa.gov+history+heinlein&aq=f&oq=&aqi=

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beamjockey wrote:
NASA had an oral-history program, interviewing engineers, scientists, astronauts, et al.


I get this image of young turks sitting around a toothless guy wearing a pocket protector who's saying, "... and that was the word for "relay" in our language. Now let me explain what a relay is..."


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