- Apollo 10 still holds the all-time speed record for any sort of vehicle ever with any actual humans aboard (39,897 km/h)
- The ascent module was found last year after being missing for decades (!), and is the only once-crewed spacecraft still in outer space without a crew. SPOOKY ABANDONED SPACE HOUSE.
Büge wrote:I wonder what Charles Schulz thought of them naming the command module Charlie Brown and the landing module Snoopy.
I remember there was a line about it in one of the Peanuts animated specials to the effect of "That's the most amazing coincidence I've ever heard."
Which was kind of a running gag. They said the same thing when they talked about Linus and Lucy by Vince Guaraldi.
Apparently the senior command at NASA was annoyed enough by this, such that they ordered astronauts for subsequent missions to only use "dignified" names for their craft. Which in no way stopped later astronauts: When John Young finally got his turn to visit the moon in command of Apollo 16, he and the crew named their command module "Casper" (yes, after the Friendly Ghost).
Also, apparently credit card companies were directly inspired by Barjavel's description of a similar card payment scheme, though that's more a case of life deliberately imitating art.
It's always kind of funny when that happens with sci-fi, where expected style or nomenclature are decided years or even decades before the technology arrives.