X man thinks X is important

Robbie Collin talking crap again in the Telegraph:

the myth of the American astronaut was made by the movies.

Nope. I suspect Robbie wasn’t around, or at least wasn’t very old, in the late 60s and early 70s, so he doesn’t remember the incredible aura that surrounded the American astronauts, even before any film about them was ever made. I mean, for God’s sake, human beings walked on another world, live on TV, at a time when TVs were mostly black and white, radios still crackled, computers had hardly started, and half the world was still living in primitive conditions, and Robbie thinks it was the movies that caused us to gasp in wonder at the men who did it?

But most of all this attitude is caused by a man whose life is premised on movies being important thinking that movies are more important than they really are.

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  1. The truth is that the Apollo astronauts were greater heroes than the movies make out. Armstrong overrode the guidance computer to land Eagle himself when he saw it was heading for a boulder field. The crew of Apollo 12 kept their cool when their spacecraft was hit, twice, by lightning just after launch, sending their instrumentation haywire and, for all they knew, possibly scuppering their chances of return. To be fair, Hollywood reminded the world of 13.

    But all those who landed on the moon took off from there, found their Command Module in orbit with only the assistance of a tiny fixed-point computer that, its miniaturization to fit inside the capsule aside, was hardly state-of-the art even at the time. That alone took nerves of steel. It still boggles my mind, even more than the landing itself.

    Collin’s a fool.

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