steely-eyed missile man

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American circa 1960s, as found in biographies about NASA astronauts and flight controllers. A complimentary term, apparently used originally in reference to flight controller John Aaron[1] due to his resolution of an electrical system failure during the launch of the Apollo 12 mission (1969).[2]


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steely-eyed missile man (plural steely-eyed missile men)

  1. (US, slang) An astronaut or engineer who quickly devises an ingenious solution to a tough problem while under extreme pressure.

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