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(Air & Space Magazine)   Neil Armstrong's close call (with video clip)   (airspacemag.com ) divider line
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2012-08-25 04:32:54 PM  
Wow!

Never seen this - thanks subby!
 
2012-08-25 05:15:06 PM  
Brass.  Balls.
 
2012-08-25 05:52:34 PM  
Like a boss...
 
2012-08-25 05:55:43 PM  
How the hell did he get his pants on over balls that big?
 
2012-08-25 05:55:52 PM  
I would have shiat my pants, ran home and never gone back to the testing site again.

Neil Armstrong went to his office.

Brass balls indeed.
 
2012-08-25 05:56:58 PM  
The right stuff.
 
2012-08-25 06:01:52 PM  
Seeing that vehicle get close to the ground then go shooting up --

All the times I played this farker

ataricade.videoarcade.it
 
2012-08-25 06:05:49 PM  
Today's astronauts are much better prepared.
 
2012-08-25 06:06:53 PM  
Just another day at the office.

Wow.
 
2012-08-25 06:09:50 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: Just another day at the office.

Wow.


You win the award for the best combination of username and post of the day.
 
2012-08-25 06:17:29 PM  
That is exactly why he was selected to make the first moon landing. And it turned out to be a major challenge too.
 
2012-08-25 06:24:40 PM  
from this day forward, all Chuck Norris facts are to be read as "Things that Mr Armstrong allowed to Occur"
 
2012-08-25 06:34:58 PM  
His only injury was a hard tongue bite ... Bean returned to Armstrong and said, "I just heard the funniest story!" Armstrong said, "What?" "I heard that you bailed out of the LLTV an hour ago."


"Yeah, I bib," replied Armstrong. "I lah condol and hah to bay ow of de darn hing."
 
2012-08-25 06:46:31 PM  
RIP
 
2012-08-25 07:41:02 PM  
100,000 years from now, if there are any of humankind's descendants alive, I am quite sure that any history of the species will include July 20, 1969, as one of the most important dates in history.

RIP, Mr. Armstrong.
 
2012-08-25 07:56:27 PM  
He almost got killed during Gemini 8, when a thruster stuck open and made the spacecraft tumble out of control. He and Dave Scott almost passed out for good from the g-forces.

/tomorrow you can count on Chuck Yeager making some d-bag remark about Neil. Yeager HATED him
 
2012-08-25 07:59:03 PM  
Lunar Landing Research Vehicle
Amazing and astonishing vehicle, and apparently so essential to learning how to land on the moon that astronauts insisted upon it despite the obvious danger.
 
2012-08-25 08:10:57 PM  
if he wasnt one of my heros already, hed sure as fark be one now
 
2012-08-25 08:15:44 PM  

lifeboat: Today's astronauts are much better prepared.


You bastard.

Cant . Stop . Playing......
 
2012-08-25 08:16:35 PM  
I want to hear more about his balls.
 
2012-08-25 08:17:26 PM  

mark12A: /tomorrow you can count on Chuck Yeager making some d-bag remark about Neil. Yeager HATED him


Not the time or place for this, why don't you go back to digg?
 
2012-08-25 08:25:03 PM  
The real question is, how did NASA fit those guys in such small capsules?

I mean, their testes were the diameter of a monster truck tire. You wouldn't be able to shut the door, much less comfortably fly to the Moon.
 
2012-08-25 08:34:58 PM  
I remember seeing this come up in From the Earth to the Moon. There's no end to the ridiculous stories of the people who journeyed beyond our atmosphere.
 
2012-08-25 08:40:39 PM  
"I can't think of another person," Bean recalls, "let alone another astronaut, who would have just gone back to his office after ejecting a fraction of a second before getting killed."

Certainly not I. I think my reaction would have been something like "Screw you guys, I'm going home."
 
2012-08-25 08:43:49 PM  

lifeboat: Today's astronauts are much better prepared.


God. Dammit.

But seriously, I kinda love you. I remember playing that game at the Ontario Science Centre in my youth.
 
2012-08-25 08:59:21 PM  
What does an astronaut do at a desk? Although, I guess that day he was probably filling out the "The really expensive piece of equipment I was testing is now a flaming wreck" form.
 
2012-08-25 09:24:16 PM  
You know, every time I read something about the early space program I just get blown away by the brilliance of the engineers

Check the Wiki for the LLRV. It has a "Lunar sim" mode where the vehicle would mimic the expected behavior of the LEM in near-lunar flight, including cancelling out effects from wind gusts in milliseconds since that would affect the reality of the simulation.

The control system was built from analog electronics. No computers

Using discrete transistors. No integrated circuits.

Sweet zombie Jesus, forget Neil's balls. The guy who designed that must have needed a wheelbarrow to carry around his extra brains in.
 
2012-08-25 09:40:40 PM  
/pees very happily in mark12A's shoes while giggling at Ghost Roach and Lord Of The Pings

//thanks for the laffs, kitty needed those :D
 
2012-08-25 09:42:22 PM  

mark12A: He almost got killed during Gemini 8, when a thruster stuck open and made the spacecraft tumble out of control. He and Dave Scott almost passed out for good from the g-forces.

/tomorrow you can count on Chuck Yeager making some d-bag remark about Neil. Yeager HATED him


Sadly, this. There is a story about the only time Yeager and Armstrong ever worked together - scouting alternate landing locations at Edwards AFB in a T-33.. Depending on who's telling the story, Armstrong landed the T-bird in a muddy area and got stuck after Yeager tried to tell him not to (Yeager's version) or Armstrong made one successful landing and then got stuck on the second one after Yeager told him to try it again. I'm HOPING General Yeager will make some suitably respectful comment and then drop it....
 
2012-08-25 10:17:48 PM  
mark12A: He almost got killed during Gemini 8, when a thruster stuck open and made the spacecraft tumble out of control. He and Dave Scott almost passed out for good from the g-forces.

/tomorrow you can count on Chuck Yeager making some d-bag remark about Neil. Yeager HATED him

AC63: Sadly, this. There is a story about the only time Yeager and Armstrong ever worked together - scouting alternate landing locations at Edwards AFB in a T-33.. Depending on who's telling the story, Armstrong landed the T-bird in a muddy area and got stuck after Yeager tried to tell him not to (Yeager's version) or Armstrong made one successful landing and then got stuck on the second one after Yeager told him to try it again. I'm HOPING General Yeager will make some suitably respectful comment and then drop it....


Years ago, I met with and talked with Yeager and Scott Crossfield (separately, of course. Scotty didn't care, but Yeager despised Scotty too. Guy collected chips on his shoulders) . At the time Yeager was OK, but Scotty was a delight to talk to.

Years later, Scotty was flying himself home (I think he was freakin' 83 at the time) in a light twin. He flew into an embedded thunderstorm, got really chewed up, to the point the aircraft structurally failed, crashed, killed Scotty.

The next day that d-bag Yeager was telling the press that he always thought Scotty was reckless and often got into situations over his head. God what a dick....
 
2012-08-25 10:48:06 PM  
Neil Armstrong straight don't give a fark.
 
2012-08-25 11:27:15 PM  
Even more insane when you remember there was no ejecting from the actual moon landing. If that happened out there, you became the first man to burn on the surface of the moon. Or if you landed wrong and the lander was unable to launch you back into space, you became the first human to chew a cyanide tablet on the moon. I think most of those guys expected to die doing what they were doing, but they just didn't give a fark.
 
2012-08-25 11:29:55 PM  
salientimages.com
 
2012-08-25 11:42:55 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: Even more insane when you remember there was no ejecting from the actual moon landing. If that happened out there, you became the first man to burn on the surface of the moon. Or if you landed wrong and the lander was unable to launch you back into space, you became the first human to chew a cyanide tablet on the moon. I think most of those guys expected to die doing what they were doing, but they just didn't give a fark.


I don't think that they took any cyanide tablets along, all you have to do is open your suit valve a little and you pass out painlessly. Some guy accidentally tested this in a vacuum chamber when his air supply hose got disconnected. He lived because they were able to re pressurise in time, but he felt nothing during the anoxia.Happens to pilots some times, and they don't even know that it is happening.
 
2012-08-25 11:50:58 PM  
I say somebody start a kickstarter, the Neil Armstrong memorial fund. All the proceeds to be donated to NASA or Space X or whoever can get the main goal done. Or maybe Space X and NASA can work together or I don't know the details. Anyway, lets throw this thing together and remember a hero properly by putting something on the farking moon to remember him. That would be the best way to honor him I think, and his legacy. Could be done in stages. Raise enough initially to put a lander on the moon. Stretch Goals: Put a human on the moon if they exceed a certain amount, stretch goal 2, put humans on Mars. Also, don't tell me its impossible.

Neil Armstrong proved that nothing is impossible as long we get out the farking door and try. I'm staring at the moon right now, is not a full moon but I'm staring at the moon right now and thinking about how 12 men walked on that celestial body and how nobody has been back since 1972. I was born in 1984, so I missed out and have gotten use to the idea of humans going at least to low earth orbit for the past 30 years.

I'm tired of being told that we can't do the impossible anymore, that is bullshiat. It isn't the money, if we had spent the 700 billion we spend bailing out the banks or even the 25 billion we spent on bailing out the auto industry we could of easily put humans on Mars probably. Its our lack of will that is the problem, we simply don't care anymore and that makes me farking sad.
 
2012-08-26 12:32:34 AM  

shower_in_my_socks: Even more insane when you remember there was no ejecting from the actual moon landing. If that happened out there, you became the first man to burn on the surface of the moon. Or if you landed wrong and the lander was unable to launch you back into space, you became the first human to chew a cyanide tablet on the moon. I think most of those guys expected to die doing what they were doing, but they just didn't give a fark.


There was "ejecting" in a sense:
If an abort were initiated, then the LM's descent stage engine would shut down. Nearly simultaneously, four explosive bolts linking the descent stage with the ascent stage would fire. A fifth pyrotechnic device would drive a guillotine that would cut the wiring umbilical linking the two stages. The ascent stage engine would then ignite to propel the astronauts toward lunar orbit. The abandoned descent stage, meanwhile, would fall to the lunar surface.
However there was a possibility the crashing descent stage would explode and the ascent stage might not be far enough away. Link
 
2012-08-26 03:09:21 AM  

shower_in_my_socks: Even more insane when you remember there was no ejecting from the actual moon landing. If that happened out there, you became the first man to burn on the surface of the moon. Or if you landed wrong and the lander was unable to launch you back into space, you became the first human to chew a cyanide tablet on the moon. I think most of those guys expected to die doing what they were doing, but they just didn't give a fark.


Nixon actually had a speech prepared in case this happened. The thing that struck me the most was that it only mentions Neil and Buzz assuming that if something happened to the lunar lander, at least they would get Michael Collins back to earth. Link
 
2012-08-26 04:50:00 AM  
BTW with the death of Armstrong there are now only two living X-15 pilots. And those guys were badass in their own way.
 
2012-08-26 10:23:00 AM  

lifeboat: Today's astronauts are much better prepared.


Once you've mastered that one, try the Project Apollo add-on to the Orbiter spaceflight simulator.
 
2012-08-26 01:42:25 PM  
I hear he was almost removed from the Apollo program because he made the payload of the LEM too heavy due to his brass balls.

/true story
 
2012-08-26 09:36:57 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: Even more insane when you remember there was no ejecting from the actual moon landing. If that happened out there, you became the first man to burn on the surface of the moon. Or if you landed wrong and the lander was unable to launch you back into space, you became the first human to chew a cyanide tablet on the moon. I think most of those guys expected to die doing what they were doing, but they just didn't give a fark.


I don't remember where but I read once that Neil Armstrong thought they had a fifty percent chance of not coming home from the moon.
 
2012-08-27 07:13:43 PM  

doyner: I hear he was almost removed from the Apollo program because he made the payload of the LEM too heavy due to his brass balls.

/true story


Not true.

The balls were Titanium alloy.
 
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