There is no doubt in my mind I was an astronaut in a past life. If you don’t believe me, consider this: My favorite movie in second grade was The Right Stuff, which has the run time of 3 hours and 21 minutes. I sat all the way through it, at age 7, multiple times. I spent hours begging my parents to sign me up for space camp, and I was genuinely jealous they were around to witness the space race. I stockpiled those glow-in-the-dark stars you stick to your ceiling so I could make my room look like a planetarium. I even enjoyed that nasty freeze-dried astronaut food you can buy in science museum gift shops. This girl is a space nerd.
Unfortunately, the math and science parts of my brains did not develop to full rocket scientist potential, so now I have to look elsewhere for my aeronautical fix. Luckily, my stars led me to GoComics, where I do not stand alone in my wannabe astronaut space pursuit.
I used to have a rocket ship just like this one in Red and Rover:
Here is a custom creation by Red and Rover's Brian Basset for the NASA program:
I also had a spacewoman alter ego like Calvin and Hobbes:
I can always count on Brewster Rocket: Space Guy! for awesome space facts:
Do you have personal stories about the space race or your own space adventures perhaps? Comment on this blog post and let us know!