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steely-eyed missile man


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  • n. A NASA astronaut or engineer who quickly devises an ingenious solution to a tough problem while under extreme pressure.


American circa 1960s, as heard in the movie Apollo 13 and found in numerous biographies about NASA astronauts and flight controllers. (Wiktionary)


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  • I've seen it used both ways, but Gene Kranz's name invariably comes up. :-)

    July 29, 2009

  • Really? I thought it was for the behind-the-scenes dudes exclusively. Though I guess the astronauts certainly worked (work) behind the scenes as well...

    I think I originally saw this term applied to John Aaron.

    July 24, 2009

  • American slang, c. 1960s, to describe a NASA astronaut or engineer who significantly contributes to or devises an ingenious solution to a tough problem.

    October 15, 2007