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Gemini launch

August 3, 2015

Tags: NASA, Jamie Wyeth

I love this photo. Did someone pedal over to get close to the launch? Or has that bike been there for ages? Where was the photographer standing? Now that I'm looking more closely, I see that it's not actually a photo. (Duh.)

In fact it's a 1964 watercolor by Jamie Wyeth "that hints at humbler days in the space program, when technicians rode bicycles to check on the launchpad" and was part of a show, "NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration," a few years ago at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington; some of the other artists were Annie Leibovitz, Alexander Calder, Nam June Paik, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and William Wegman.