The history of the American space program is inextricably linked to the Chevrolet Corvette. It was the ride of choice for a number of astronauts, including many that were a part of the legendary Apollo program, which landed men on the moon. Neil Armstrong drove a Corvette, and six Mercury astronauts were Corvette owners as well. The crew of Apollo 12 ordered three identical C3 Stingrays (Alan Bean's is shown above).

Motor Trend's Arthur St. Antoine borrowed a new, seventh-generation Corvette and enlisted the help of Walt Cunningham, an astronaut on Apollo 7 and a big fan of America's sports car. The two travel from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Johnson Space Center in Houston, talking space flight, Corvettes and what it takes to be an astronaut.

It really is a must-watch video for anyone that is still inspired and curious about space flight. Take a look below for the full video.


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      Trent
      • 11 Months Ago
      Love the cars, the history, and the NASA astronaut's.
      Sorten Borten
      • 11 Months Ago
      Plenty of disposable income and a desire to recreate the sensation of a launch while stuck on Earth? I can see why there's a love of the Corvette in the NASA family. Also, not much turning involved in either ride ;)
      donloundy
      • 11 Months Ago
      OK, astronauts like Corvettes. That's mildly interesting. But the lead in said we would be told why. So, why?
        kgproduction
        • 11 Months Ago
        @donloundy
        because the cars were fast and guaranteed to get the astronauts laid. nuff said!
        rhans43832
        • 11 Months Ago
        @donloundy
        What are you looking for,miracles, this is AOL-Huff Po
      redssstew
      • 11 Months Ago
      That was a good watch
        Greg
        • 11 Months Ago
        @redssstew
        I agree. I watched the whole thing. Nice balance between Corvette talk and space talk. Well done.
      postpast
      • 11 Months Ago
      If anyone is looking for a book to read; The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (1979). About the Mercury astronauts it is truly awesome, the movie doesn't do it justice. There is a whole chapter about how test pilots(the most dangerous job in the world) Died mostly from crashing sports cars. Or as he put it: “Flying & Drinking and Drinking & Driving and the rest of it."
        Pj Taintz
        • 11 Months Ago
        @postpast
        Read that book numerous times, have a first edition at home actually. It really is an awesome book, the movie was great but the book was fantastic
      spstevens58
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nothing can hold a candle to the lines of the c-3's. If that ain't sexy, nothing is.
      lmart97
      • 11 Months Ago
      Former Indy 500 winner and GM dealer Jim Rathmann deserved credit for making sure the guys with The Right Stuff all drove the same car. With a Cadillac-Corvette dealership close to the Space Center in Florida, Rathmann offered astronauts "special" lease terms. Six of the Mercury astronauts took advantage of the special deal, but family man John Glenn opted for a station wagon instead.
      Mr Sled
      • 11 Months Ago
      So much win. Thanks!
      Jared
      • 11 Months Ago
      Awesome
      Max Bullo
      • 11 Months Ago
      instead of these bullshits I'd like to find a post about the 2013 best selling car worldwide: THE TOYOTA COROLLA.
        Rayvan
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Max Bullo
        I'll bet you're a fun guy at parties? LOL!
        Rick
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Max Bullo
        I don't think Corolla was the top seller last year... If I'm not mistaken, it was passed by one of the smaller Fords, I can't remember if it was the Focus or what exactly... Could be wrong, I'm good at that!!
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Max Bullo
        [blocked]
        wassup
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Max Bullo
        keep lookin
        Pj Taintz
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Max Bullo
        its called google, not GTFO
      job629
      • 11 Months Ago
      There is NOTHING like driving a Corvette. It puts other cars to shame. Cruseing down the highway at 130 mph is a blast.
      arenadood
      • 11 Months Ago
      I loved my 68, 427 Vette. Wish I still had it.
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