Wednesday, April 23, 2008

LBJ & the Helium Filled Astronaut

I'm always interested in stuff about the space program in the '60s, so when a commenter on Althouse mentioned this item on NPR's Web site, I had to check it out.

It's a telephone call between LBJ and Commander Scott Carpenter, who had just returned from 30 days under the ocean in SeaLab. He's in a decompression chamber breathing air in which all of the nitrogen's been replaced by helium and he sounds like a cartoon character.

The voice of the NPR commentator cracks me up, too, because I can't hear NPR commentators without thinking of this sketch.

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