October Sky is the name of a 1999 movie based on the life of former NASA engineer Homer Hickam. The original title, Rocket Boys, taken from Hickam’s autobiography, was changed when marketing research revealed that women over thirty would not see a movie called Rocket Boys. (The two titles are anagrams.)
In 1999 I saw Hickam on David Letterman’s CBS show promoting the film. Letterman recalled an occasion on which the producers of Letterman’s earlier NBC show attempted to enlist Hickam to teach Letterman to scuba dive for a special underwater episode. The idea turned out to be unworkable, however, as at that time of year the local sea water was so cold that Letterman would have frozen to death over the course of the hour-long show. That would have been a great loss to television, especially during Letterman’s earlier, funnier days.
I have never seen October Sky, nor does it, or Homer Hickam, or David Letterman, have anything to do with these pictures.
They are simply some pictures of the October sky.
(As always, click to enlarge.)