This post is a love note to 1960.
The mere thought of of smoking indoors is anathema today - imagine a time when you could have a cigarette dangling from your mouth IN THE NASA ASTRONAUT SUIT TESTING ROOM, AS AN ASTRONAUT. You can’t imagine it, can you? It’s too incredible.
The high-waistedness of John Glenn’s slacks, the innocent way he’s clearly judging Deke’s butt…”Deke, I gotta tell you, these long johns are doing wonders for your hindquarters!”…just everything about this photo makes me happy.
Deke looks like the Jon Hamm of NASA
The top photo is a picture of astronaut Scott Carpenter, who is about to undergo weightlessness testing in a jet. He is drinking water from a ketchup bottle.
This is clearly an awesome photo. But take a look at the bottom picture, which shows Carpenter with fellow astronaut Alan Shepard, who is observing this test.
Scott is squirting the water into Al’s mouth.
Carpenter: Em gee, I am thirsty. Time to take a sip…
Shepard: GURL I AM THE FIRST DAMN AMERICAN MAN IN SPACE PUT THAT IN MY MOUTH
No one is happy with Hose Guy.
Especially Gus. “Fuckin’ A. None of us will fit into this.”
“We jus kickin it ol’ school!”
I wanna kick it old school with Gus. WHY GOD WHY
Happy Mercury 7 day! Smile, boys!
Just a friendly reminder that this happened. And Big Al doesn’t seem too thrilled about it happening.
Gus: FUCKIN’ A, PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ!
Deke Slayton, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, and Alan Shepard talk to Dr. Randy Lovelace, the man in charge of the astronaut pre-selection medical tests.
I’m trying to imagine the conversation here. “Ha ha! You know awful, unspeakable things about our bodies!”
I just love how Deke and Gus are together <3
Let’s go back and look at these HBICs bringing the thunder. I can’t even deal with it.
“Geez, Al, it’s less than three weeks before my flight, and no one will leave me alone! I wish there was something I could do to make myself less noticeable.”
“I have no idea, Gus.”
These guys are like the Reservoir Dogs of NASA. Respect!