Thursday, February 16, 2012

Great find: Moon Machines

First off:  this is not a review!

Ben and I went to the library a few weeks ago looking for a pile of movies, and we came across this:

I love documentaries and this one looked really amazing.  It is not about the astronauts who took us to the moon, but about the 400,000 (yes, that many zeros) engineers and technicians who make the Apollo missions possible.

The DVD has several segments about all stages of the development of the new technologies for lunar landings and exploration:  the Saturn V rocket, the command module, the navigational computer, the lunar module, the lunar rover, and the space suit.

It is told by all the behind-the-scenes engineers who had to take a president's national goal and turn it into a reality.  These men (mostly men and a very few women) took vague ideas of what these craft and  equipment should look like and made them real -- iconic symbols of America, even.

It is fascinating and I loved it for several reasons:

1.  I want my kids to learn to think out-of-the-box {which is not something that comes to be naturally} -- and I think these men are great examples.  They were visionaries, pioneer engineers (some of them were assigned to develop parts of the craft that they had no training or knowledge about), and problem solvers.  One engineering team was told "you have only 10 pounds for the lunar battery."  And they did it!

2.  I want them to see the humbleness of these men.  If not for this movie, most of these men would fairly obscure;  in fact, I doubt even this movie make them recognizable.  They felt honored to work on the project.  It was a career high for them.  And they seem fine with that. 

3.  I want them to see that God gifts all of us in different ways.  Being the astronaut was cool, but these men were also cool, too.

Check your library for it!

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