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 Posted: Mon Apr 19th, 2010 12:34 am
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Hi folks,

I just watched the movie "October Sky" again last night. If you haven't ever seen it, it's a terrific little-known movie that is based on the life of Homer Hickam, a NASA scientist who worked training crews of the space shuttle.

The inciting moment for directing Hickam into interest in the space program was the launch of Sputnik in 1957. In the movie, Hickam, his friends and neighbors stand in their front yards at nght to see Sputnik fly by overhead. Based on what I know, that was also a defining moment for the United States, a turning point for our country and citizens. However, I was not even a glimmer in my parents' eyes in 1957, so I missed the event, one I dearly wish I could have witnessed.

Does anyone here remember this time in our country's history, especially Sputnik? Mostly, I'd be interested to hear what it felt like to hear about and perhaps see it, and what the feelings were surrounding it were. Thanks for sharing!


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