Grace Kelly, Super Guppies & Men Who Shouldn't Wear Cowboy Hats: Great Old Photos of NASA's 50 Years in Houston

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4. "Sure, I got nothing better to do..."
According to the book, this picture was taken "just weeks before the first manned Apollo mission," and it shows director of flight operations Chris Kraft giving an in-depth briefing to....McDonnell Douglas engineers? The communication guys? The team responsible for electrical shorts on Apollo 13?

No, the briefing during the run-up to a key mission is being given to....Grace Kelly. Best known for To Catch a Thief, Rear Window and High Society? (As opposed to, you know, offering great insight into potential space-travel glitches.) She's there in the middle, sitting next to husband Prince Rainier, also a noted space expert, apparently.

3. "Neil, Buzz & Mike. you have True Grit"...
...says the marquee. "Neil, Buzz & Mike, you have nothing in common with Midnight Cowboy," the other marquee doesn't add.

2. "Pay no attention to mmmmee -- bwarrrrppppp!!!"
Forget about Shannon Lucid playfully spreading her wings in the foreground. Riding NASA's "Vomit Comet," we're sure, is an experience much more akin to that being undergone by the guy all the way in the back, trying to hide his head as he makes sure an empty bag is easily within reach.

1. The first 50 years will probably be better than the next 50.
That seems a safe bet, but that shouldn't stop you from ordering the book, from Arcadia Publishing.

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