Jim Hansen, Engineer, Neil Cramp discussed on Science Friday

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I did. I did. I met him once at a conference. I think you know, the movie really does justices character in a way I liked the movie quite a bit. It's a it's a flawed movie. But it's really great movie. I really think this is a movie that captures the other side of the right stuff. So to speak, the engineering technical backgrounds and the kind of commitment these guys needed to have beyond just fighter junks. And and that kind of internal narrative internal kind of story in this movie about what it took to be an astronaut, I think really is communicated really effectively was he has reserved as you as you knew him. Well, I didn't I don't think I knew that will. But from what I understand he was very reserved, but he was not I think as perhaps dour is portrayed in the movie yet a sense of humor. He was a funny guy. But I do think he had a lot of struggles in his life and his biographer Jim Hansen has talked about, you know, there were some serious problems struggles in his family. Life and also with his colleagues and astronaut office. So I think it's a bit of both. He was I think he was he was a bit perhaps reticent, but but I think he was also capable of just being kind of chilling out. You didn't get that impression. Too much in the movie not so much in the movie, but I think the movie was focused on those aspects of his career in life required concentration diligence. Yeah. In is your urine. You're an engineer. Did you feel like that was a fair portrayal of any engineer? I think engineers have a whole variety of personality. So I think you saw a few different personalities moving. If you look across a lot of movies you'd see that. There's fun engineers very serious ones. There's ones that are super outgoing to it's certainly a fair portrayal because pretty much every personality type exists in engineering and one thing that struck me about this film was how jarring and difficult hall the scenes of spaceflight were there. You had Neil cramp launches were teeth rattling, and it was just disorienting anytime. We saw people flying. Is that realistic to you? I think there was a lot of realistic aspects that, you know, people assume you have this fun floating feeling, but especially in the Jimmy capsules the mercury there wasn't a lot of room that you were really crammed in there the cockpit right interface control panel. So I think that was very accurate portrayal all the switches engages or just right there. So that and then of course, the rocket ride. Uphill can be very bumpy. So that was certainly true. That's go to the phones Andrew in Sarasota, Florida. Welcome to science Friday. Enjoy your there. Hi, sandy. Disconnected there for a moment. Yeah. I was saying. Just program. We hear a lot about mercury. And we hear a lot about the Apollo. But I feel like the gym program is under surf the first time man stepped out into the void and Americans that spacewalks. I think that's story worth telling thanks for that call, you know, a lot of people don't realize know in that scene in the movie where he control the orbiting the rotation and he had the right stuff to pull out of that. That's well, he got the first seed to go landing on the moon. That's definitely one of the factors that kind of made it much more visible in the office there. I mean, there are other candidates for the job. But for sure the Gemini eight experience was a really key point. It was dangerous mission. And I was just looking at all life magazines from that month, and it was widely reported at the time as kind of really kind of an amazing exciting moment in the space race, a kind of successful failure in that sense. But a fantastic moment. Captured really nicely in the movie as the one person in the room who remembers that real in real time. I can say that it was very very signing. The big emotional punch of the story was an Neal's grief over the death of his daughter when she was just two years old. And then the loss of fellow astronauts and lead up to Apollo eleven Apollo one, whatever. Anything human loss shaped history as as a plate out..

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