Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Where have you gone, Neil Armstrong?
At Ballardian, Simon Sellars has a great examination of the Lisa Nowak story in the context of J. G. Ballard's Cape Canaveral grounded astronaut stories. Quoting from a footnote in The Atrocity Exhibition:
“Little information has been released about the psychological effects of space travel, both on the astronauts and the the public at large. Over the years NASA spokesmen have even denied that the astronauts dream at all during their space flights. But it is clear from the subsequently troubled careers of many of the astronauts (Armstrong, probably the only man for whom the 20th century will be remembered 50,000 years from now, refuses to discuss the moon-landing) that they suffered severe psychological damage.”
Check it out, then go devour some of those amazing stories if you haven't already.