Forum:First Aperture tests took place in the 60's, not 50's
It took me a while to puzzle this one out; I kept thinking the tests were taking place in the 1950's because of the years that were apparently painted on parts of the testing apparatus. But I was never completely convinced, it felt like something just didn't fit.
Then I realized it: Cave welcomes "Astronauts, war heroes, Olympians" to the Aperture testing center for the first testing sphere. The kicker is, Astronauts didn't exist until 1962, when Alan Shepard made his flight in the Mercury capsule. In fact there weren't any humans in existence which traveled in space before 1961.
So unless they were playing fast and lose with the Aperture/Half-Life universe having a different timeline, all of the testing must have taken place in the 1960's. This actually works better with the other testing spheres chronology-wise, with each one covering a decade of testing one after the other. --DuctJackson 02:29, May 6, 2011 (UTC)
- Its a game and as such has a diverging timeline. Everything after 1943 is different from our timeline and as such you cant really compare when our astronaut program and thiers started. Also Aperture test shaft 9 was closed from 1961 to 1970 as evidenced by the posters saying condemned 1961 laying around. SajuukKhar 03:01, May 6, 2011 (UTC)
Imagine how much moon-rock would have been needed to make all that grey gel used in the test chambers. There's no way you could just purchase $70 million of moon-rock from NASA, let alone have it stretched out so far as to provide all that gel. A total of 842 pounds of moon was brought back to earth from the combined NASA missions, and only half a pound from the Soviets.
Also... it is possible that they were performing tests on internal personnel before "going public" and recruiting soldiers and astronauts. Alexcranson 00:20, May 7, 2011 (UTC)
- Cave could edit his pre-recorded messages at any time. Maybe he didn't mention astronauts in 40s/50s. SiPlus 06:19, May 7, 2011 (UTC)