Another curious and strangely-affirming thing in this movie is that they make it very clear there will be enlisted men in space. Why affirming? Because Space is entirely white-collar in our world, only college boys need apply. I find it all kinds of optimistic to suggest that there’d be room for grunts and jarheads and third-class bolt turners and whatnot. Very egalitarian, very American, alas, very much not the thing that ended up happening.
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