God Speed, John Glenn. RIP.

“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air….

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.”

John Gillespie Magee, Jr. – High Flight

To the Moon – Time-Life Records

Today’s vinyl score – 1969’s To the Moon from Time-Life Records.

To the Moon

The beautiful box set contains 6 LP vinyl records and book full of photos detailing the race to the Moon from the early days of rocketry through NASA’s Mercury, Gemini and Apollo program.

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According to an advertisement in the July 1969 edition of LIFE magazine, the box set was available for for $19.99 (2016 equivalent: $128.89) via mail order.

To the Moon

It’s an amazing listen, and you can easily believe their claim that this was 10 years in the making with the amount of detail and information available from the early days of Goddard’s rocketry experiments through the accomplishments of each step NASA took to get to Apollo 11.

Seldom Seen Cycles at National Packard Museum

I took a short road trip to the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio to check out their annual Seldom Seen Cycle exhibi, running through May 30th, 2015. The show features “antique” motorcycles, which is any bike over 35 years of age in Ohio.