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A Review of Kurt Caswell’s Laika’s Window | BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog

As with police dogs and military dogs, though, the job was dangerous. Everyone involved with the space dogs knew they would not survive being shot into space. Getting Laika safely back to earth was not possible with the technology of the time, though shooting her into space was. She was the best fit for the job of first animal into orbit both literally—she was a small dog, and the smaller the better in space programs—and because of her temperament. She was profoundly patient, capable of sitting in a confined space for 20 days, and she took well to space training.

And so, on November 3, 1957, up she went, inside Sputnik II. She died of overheating after a few orbits, but she passed on a wealth of information about the status and survival of living beings in space, such that Yuri Gagarin’s successful orbit a few years later would not have been possible without her.
dog  urss  Space  hero  book 
23 days ago by aries1988
“First Man,” Reviewed: Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong Bio-Pic Is an Accidental Right-Wing Fetish Object | The New Yorker

First Man is worthy of enduring as a right-wing fetish object. It is a film of deluded, cultish longing for an earlier era of American life, one defined not by conservative politics but, rather, by a narrow and regressive emotional perspective that shapes and distorts the substance of the film.

the movie doesn’t stint on the distinctive Americanism of the action onscreen (including, in a scene of Armstrong ascending from the ground to the capsule of Apollo 11 in an elevator, a point-of-view shot that reveals, majestically, the words United States painted, vertically, on the side of the very tall rocket).

In its explicit content, and by artful omission, First Man subscribes to the misbegotten political premise that America used to be greater—and that the liberating and equalizing activism of the sixties ignored, dismissed, and even undermined that greatness.
critic  movie  rightwing  astronaut  nasa  society  usa  american  hollywood  hero  family  personality  children  death  moon  opinion  1960s 
october 2018 by aries1988
The Interpreter: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Myanmar’s transition to democracy was ascribed to Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi’s heroism. Now its persecution of Rohingya is ascribed to her cowardice. Maybe she was always more a symptom of Myanmar’s best and worst than she was their cause.
myanmar  leader  hero  essay  howto  world  complexity 
september 2017 by aries1988
Jason Bourne vs James Bond
Matt Damon, the 45-year-old actor who plays him, summed up the difference between the two men in a recent interview. “Bond is a misogynist who likes swilling martinis and killing people and then telling jokes about it. Jason Bourne is a serial monogamist — he’s tortured by the things he’s done and feels empathy and compassion for other people. And Bourne would obviously win in a fight!” Obviously.
essay  movie  hero  masculine  comparison  uk  usa  spy  female 
september 2016 by aries1988
Jason Bourne vs James Bond - FT.com
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Matt Damon, the 45-year-old actor who plays him, summed up the difference between the two men in a recent interview. “Bond is a misogynist who likes swilling martinis and killing people and then telling jokes about it. Jason Bourne is a serial monogamist — he’s tortured by the things he’s done and feels empathy and compassion for other people. And Bourne would obviously win in a fight!” Obviously.
essay  movie  hero  masculine  comparison  uk  usa  spy  female  hollywood  british  american  manliness  story  world  instapaper_favs 
july 2016 by aries1988
Pourquoi les femmes sont si peu nombreuses au Panthéon
Deux femmes de plus au Panthéon. Ce mercredi, Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz et Germaine Tillion vont faire leur entrée dans le temple des «grands Hommes». Elles rejoindront ainsi la scientifique d'origine polonaise Marie Curie et l'épouse du chimiste Marcellin Berthelot, portant le nombre de femmes «panthéonisées» à quatre. Une bien maigre présence comparé aux 72 hommes qui reposent au Panthéon.
hero  2015  nation  history  français  female 
may 2015 by aries1988
Nuclear workers in Japan: Heroism and humility | The Economist
Meet the “Fukushima 50”, the men on the front line of the nuclear disaster

Yet this sense of duty masks some very human aspects to the drama. Four out of five people at the site were locals. They laboured under fears that their families may have been washed away by the tsunami. They also knew that the rising radiation endangered their own villages, which they were desperate to prevent. They knew each other intimately from years of working together. That kept them going.
japan  disaster  hero  story 
november 2012 by aries1988
Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon – in pictures | Science | guardian.co.uk
Neil Armstrong, the astronaut famed for the words, 'A small step for man, a giant leap for mankind,' has died aged 82. In this gallery we celebrate the achievements of one of the few men in the world who can literally boast a stellar career
photo  nasa  hero  history 
august 2012 by aries1988

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