Woman operating an IBM 1620 data processing system, circa 1958.
(Calisphere)

Woman operating an IBM 1620 data processing system, circa 1958.

(Calisphere)

Kenny Baker, the man inside R2-D2, with droid accoutrements.

Kenny Baker, the man inside R2-D2, with droid accoutrements.

Hangar One under construction at Moffet Field in Mountain View, California, 1933. It’s one of the world’s largest freestanding structures, covering 8 acres.

Hangar One under construction at Moffet Field in Mountain View, California, 1933. It’s one of the world’s largest freestanding structures, covering 8 acres.

The planet Earth, July 1969.

The planet Earth, July 1969.

Sailors walking a blimp out of a hangar on the North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, California, circa 1920.

Sailors walking a blimp out of a hangar on the North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, California, circa 1920.

A man dressed as a robot holding a naked woman, of course, at the California Pacific International Exposition in San Diego, 1935. (Calisphere)

A man dressed as a robot holding a naked woman, of course, at the California Pacific International Exposition in San Diego, 1935. (Calisphere)

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Apollo 16 astronaut John Young (right) takes the lunar rover trainer for a spin, 16 March 1971.

Apollo 16 astronaut John Young (right) takes the lunar rover trainer for a spin, 16 March 1971.

Apollo 16 astronaut John Young examines a sample while on the move during a geology field trip to Mono Crater, California, June 1971.

Apollo 16 astronaut John Young examines a sample while on the move during a geology field trip to Mono Crater, California, June 1971.

A dog dressed as a German soldier, 1915, during the First World War.

A dog dressed as a German soldier, 1915, during the First World War.

Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charlie Duke evaluate equipment configuration on a lunar rover mock-up, 19 November 1970.

Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charlie Duke evaluate equipment configuration on a lunar rover mock-up, 19 November 1970.

British nuclear test at the Maralinga site in South Australia, late 1950s. Photo by John Alfred Milsom. Appropriately enough, Maralinga means “field of thunder” to the Aborigines
(Daily Mail)

British nuclear test at the Maralinga site in South Australia, late 1950s. Photo by John Alfred Milsom. Appropriately enough, Maralinga means “field of thunder” to the Aborigines

(Daily Mail)

Evel Knievel jumps over buses, October 25, 1975. Photo by Tom Hubbard.
(Rachel Richardson/Flickr)

Evel Knievel jumps over buses, October 25, 1975. Photo by Tom Hubbard.

(Rachel Richardson/Flickr)

Astronaut Steve Smith waves at the camera during a spacewalk in the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Discovery, February 1997. (NASA)

Astronaut Steve Smith waves at the camera during a spacewalk in the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Discovery, February 1997. (NASA)

Scientist George Washington Carver in his laboratory at Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. (New York Public Library)

Scientist George Washington Carver in his laboratory at Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. (New York Public Library)

The Space Shuttle Discovery crawls its way to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, February 1997. (NASA)

The Space Shuttle Discovery crawls its way to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, February 1997. (NASA)