The Space Race was made possible not only by brave astronauts but also by many unsung heroes. The Apollo 11 lunar mission delivered the first man to walk on the moon, but the success of this and other missions depended as well on the essential efforts and expertise of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, technicians, and others working tirelessly on some of the most historically significant space projects ever undertaken. This brooch, patterned after one of many Apollo 11 mission control graphs, is a tribute to those studying these graphs and other essential elements of mission success. Orli says, “I wanted to give this a kind of inside-out look because I figured that the astronauts were very much out in the open, being celebrated in a very public way, but they worked with so many essential professionals on the inside, doing their duty to keep everything clean and tight.”
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On September 12, 1962 at Rice University, President John F. Kennedy delivered what would become a historic speech. He explained that the United States could not “expect to stay behind in the race for space.” As a result, he stated that “we choose to go to the moon in this decade” and that the United States would “do all this, and do it right, and do it first before this decade is out.” The Sixties and the Space Race were a spirited time in world history, when nations rallied behind great expectations and accomplishments. Neil Armstrong took mankind’s first steps on the moon’s surface within that decade, which began a continuing fascination with the universe’s ethereal beauty and scientific possibilities. Interstellar is a remembrance of the origins of space exploration in the 1960s and its evolution through the decades since as technology has become more advanced and mankind more curious about the deeper regions and mysterious phenomena awaiting discovery.