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Evoking the past—enchanted images abound.

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Apollo 11 Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin make the first moonwalk, on July 20, 1969.

In these clips they can been seen planting the U.S. Flag on the lunar surface and experimenting with various types of movement in the Moon’s lower gravity, including loping strides and kangaroo hops.

Moonwalk One, ca. 1970

From the series: Headquarters’ Films Relating to Aeronautics, 1962 - 1981. Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006

via Media Matters » Stepping Stones to the Moon


Happy Birthday, Ginger Rogers - July 16th, 1911 - April 25th, 1995
"The most important thing in anyone’s life is to be giving something. The quality I can give is fun, joy and happiness. This is my gift."

Happy Birthday, Ginger Rogers - July 16th, 1911 - April 25th, 1995

"The most important thing in anyone’s life is to be giving something. The quality I can give is fun, joy and happiness. This is my gift."

(Source: the-dark-city, via mothgirlwings)

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UFO or IFO? The U.S. Miltary’s Flying Saucer for #UFODay:
This Identified Flying Object is the U.S. Military’s “Avrocar,” an experimental flying saucer conceived in the 1950s.  The Avrocar was initially intended to be a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft that could travel at speeds of up to Mach 4. During the Cold War, traditional airport runways were seen as easy targets for an attack. With a fleet of VTOL aircraft, the United States could build underground airports, protected from Soviet bombers. The Avrocar would ascend through a shaft and then zip away at supersonic speeds.
The Avrocar’s disc shape and ability to hover bring to mind the flying saucers that we associate with extraterrestrial sources, but the project never really got off the ground–both figuratively and literally.
More about the Avrocar at Media Matters » Avrocar: The U.S. Military’s Flying Saucer



AVROCAR CONTINUATION TEST PROGRAM AND TERRAIN TEST PROGRAM, 06/01/1960 - 06/14/1961
From the series: Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities, 1947 - 1984

todaysdocument:

UFO or IFO? The U.S. Miltary’s Flying Saucer for #UFODay:

This Identified Flying Object is the U.S. Military’s “Avrocar,” an experimental flying saucer conceived in the 1950s.  The Avrocar was initially intended to be a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft that could travel at speeds of up to Mach 4. During the Cold War, traditional airport runways were seen as easy targets for an attack. With a fleet of VTOL aircraft, the United States could build underground airports, protected from Soviet bombers. The Avrocar would ascend through a shaft and then zip away at supersonic speeds.

The Avrocar’s disc shape and ability to hover bring to mind the flying saucers that we associate with extraterrestrial sources, but the project never really got off the ground–both figuratively and literally.

More about the Avrocar at Media Matters » Avrocar: The U.S. Military’s Flying Saucer

AVROCAR CONTINUATION TEST PROGRAM AND TERRAIN TEST PROGRAM, 06/01/1960 - 06/14/1961

From the series: Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities, 1947 - 1984