Well we may not have seen the end of Senator Carter. If RDM and the other writers are wanting to have an AH for the masses it makes some sense for them to have Jimmy Carter come in in1984 after two terms of Reagan who ittl beat Carters OTL VP Mondale in 1980- just a little switchero if you will. I hope thats not what they are planning -not out of any shade towards Carter but just hoping they now take the chance to more fully break away from OTL and go full AH with Gary Hart or John Glenn or someone else. Also a successful launch of Buran seems to be set up so that alone provides some great AH..Thoroughly enjoyed episode 7, up there with S1E5 as my favorite episode in the show so far. Didn't see Paine's death until the shot switched to the rear of the 747 and my mind snapped into play and connected 1983, Korea and 747. Also the people involved in FAM need to be commended on how amazing the deep fake technology they are using is, the scene where Ronald Reagan is standing with Ellen (and John Glenn I think?) took me aback, seemed so real.
I imagine from here Reagan is going to appoint Ellen as full NASA Administrator, She will probably have a lot going for her after the American's re-took their mining site on her advice and she will sail thought the Senate, but her relationship with Pam will threaten her public standing (and standing with the President) while in tern her job will threaten her relationship with Pam. Also I guess the Senator Jimmy Carter thing was just because they had some historic footage of him they could use and we won't really hear from Senator Carter in the future, although my over-analyzing brain is still going to try and work out how his career has panned out now that he isn't President. I assume since Ted Kennedy was elected in '72, he knew he probably wasn't going to be able to run for President in '76 as Teddy would be running for a second term, so he decided to run for Senate in 1974 as his term as Governor came to an end, and primary-ed Herman Talmadge as a more civil-rights friendly candidate.
If I had to complain it would be the scene with Karen and Danny Stevens, that was just weird (she's known him since he was like 11 at least which is a bit icky) even if it has been being hinted at for the last few episodes.