FEB 18, 2017
Daniel grew up in ‘The Astronot‘ in a very exciting time in human history; the space age of the 1950s & 60s. Born in the 1930s, Daniel was raised reading the wonderful science fiction novels of Buck Rogers. He loved to gaze up at the stars from his dock along the Deschutes River in Central Oregon & look at the moon & wonder if it would ever be possible to fly there. The Wright Brothers had just taken off from Kitty Hawk in 1903 to be the first to achieve flight. But the moon was so far away; would humankind ever be able to reach there?
Daniel’s father Walter was a pilot himself. He was called to duty in 1941 following the attach on Pearl Harbour. It was heartbreaking for Daniel to have his father leave. Daniel’s mother had passed at childbirth; it was just Daniel & his dad Walter who lived in their rural cabin along with their Aunt Hilda. Daniel & Walter used to love stargazing together along the Deschutes. Walter also introduced Daniel to a look-out point he had discovered which they named McKovsky Point. There they’d bring their sleeping bags & binoculars & pick out the constellations into the wee hours of the night.
But now Daniel was alone. His fascination with space was his main companion during his childhood. As the 1940s gave way to the 50s, humankind’s fascination with space & the possibility of space travel was increasing. By 1957, the space race was born with the launch of the world’s first satellite, Sputnik, but the Soviet Union. This achievement spurred the United States to action & the space race was on.
As the 1950s gave way to the 60s, the US & USSR continued to push each other to new heights in space. This of course culminated with Neil Armstrong touching down on the moon on July 20th, 1969 with the Americans having won the race to the moon. It was an incredibly exciting time & Daniel was there for each & every step in ‘The Astronot‘.