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Growing Up in the Space Age: Summer Vacations of the ‘70s

22 Jul 2019, 12:52 UTC
Growing Up in the Space Age: Summer Vacations of the ‘70s
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Whenever the hot weather finally arrives in New England, some of my thoughts during idle moments turn towards memories of summer vacations from school when I was growing up during the 1970s in Lowell, Massachusetts. For a young space enthusiast and scientist like myself with lots of free time to fill, space-related activities were frequently an important part of my summers. Among my earliest memories was watching live television coverage of a Gemini launch when I was about four years old (see “When I Thought My Dad Was an Astronaut”). These bits of reality combined a steady diet of space-themed kid’s television shows in the late-60s fed my interest in spaceflight over the next few years.


My first clear memory of a historical event took place during the summer of 1969 with NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. I was well-aware of the buildup to this historic mission despite being just seven years old (or maybe because of it) and was well prepared with a map of the Moon from the February 1969 issue of National Geographic (which also included an illustrated article on the Apollo 8 mission) along with a wall chart I had acquired showing each ...

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