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(Space.com)   RIP, Jesco von Puttkamer, whose career spanned the Apollo Program, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and the International Space Station   (space.com) divider line 27
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2012-12-30 09:46:06 AM  
www.cumberlandspaceman.co.uk
 
2012-12-30 01:06:28 PM  
Of all his projects, the opening sequence of Star Trek The Motion Pictures was, subjectively, the longest.
 
2012-12-30 01:11:15 PM  
RIP Rocketman, you done good

/ Jesco von Puttkamer would be a terrible band name.
 
2012-12-30 01:48:36 PM  
MBrady : You mean comic books and sci-fi aren't real?

www.tintin.free.fr

There aren't space suits for cats either?
 
2012-12-30 02:14:32 PM  
Met this guy when he was a speaker at one of Chicago's first Star Trek conventions, it was called "Space Circus" and it was held at the old Stadium where the Bulls used to play. Takei, Nichols, and Doohan were there, Nichols told her best behind the scenes stories, I remember George entered the stage in some kind of jumpsuit, doing an Elvis impression, before sitting down to be interviewed on stage before a slew of fans. Jesco's bit was a somewhat dry slideshow about skylab, space stations, space shuttles, and Mars, laying out where NASA thought it was going. We were all riveted. I came home with a backpack full of freebie give-away NASA publications about space spin-offs and details of the Apollo program.
 
2012-12-30 02:21:06 PM  
I liked STTMP. I thought the plot was smart, plausible and logical. A real engineer's version of Trek. Especially the Director's Cut. The pajama uniforms were bland, but completely logical considering the ship environment was well controlled.
 
2012-12-30 02:27:08 PM  
Among other things, his Wikipedia article says he "rescued" the backup Skylab from being scrapped so it could be in the Smithsonian, where an astronaut mannequin is forever having his lunch interrupted by visitors walking through.
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-30 02:30:57 PM  
MBrady

Is he the guy who came up with the idea of a multistage rocket, LEM, etc to land on the moon? This was completely opposite Von Braun's idea of landing on the moon vertically with a huge rocket (like in the old movies). Eventually Von Braun realized that the guy was correct.

John Houbolt advocated Lunar Orbit Rendezvous for Apollo.

This NOVA special on the Apollo program covers the choice of mission mode in detail.
 
2012-12-30 02:36:03 PM  
Among other things, his Wikipedia article says he "rescued" the backup Skylab from being scrapped so it could be in the Smithsonian, where an astronaut mannequin is forever having his lunch interrupted by visitors walking through.

If I ever remodel my kitchen, I'm doing it just like that picture, with storage lockers on the wall and a table just like that.
 
2012-12-30 03:20:48 PM  
dl.dropbox.com
 
2012-12-30 03:21:21 PM  
www.dailymail.com
RIP, Jesco.



/why did I do that?
 
2012-12-30 04:00:30 PM  
tikiloungetalk.com

RIP Lily Von Shtupp
 
2012-12-30 04:05:06 PM  
never heard of him. hopefully he did some good for humanity.
 
2012-12-30 04:08:00 PM  
userserve-ak.last.fm
RIP Jaco Pastorius
 
2012-12-30 04:23:42 PM  
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RIP

 
2012-12-30 05:00:36 PM  

diaphoresis: never heard of him. hopefully he did some good for humanity.


He played a role not only in the Apollo program, but also the International Space Station. I'd say adding his contribution to doing amazing things like putting humans on the moon and bringing together cold war rivals did some good for humanity.
 
2012-12-30 05:04:49 PM  
content7.flixster.com

RIP Bosco
 
2012-12-30 05:06:55 PM  
You can count on QA to show up and threadshiat on the man's legacy any time now.
 
2012-12-30 05:10:55 PM  
I never understood why a spacecraft would need a table.

What next, shelves?
 
2012-12-30 05:29:37 PM  
I never understood why a spacecraft would need a table.

Keeps stuff in front of you and secures it from floating away using Velcro and clips and stuff. The Skylab table had little cup and food tray holders.

I remember reading a story about some ISS astro building a table from scrap stuff on the station, and didn't want Mission control butting in and telling him how to do it. So the astro found a spot out of range of the monitor cams and made himself quite happy rigging up his very own table. Small victories.
 
2012-12-30 05:29:53 PM  
/RIP Dancin' Outlaw legend
 
2012-12-30 05:30:06 PM  

studebaker hoch: I never understood why a spacecraft would need a table.

What next, shelves?


I never understood why God would need a starship.
 
2012-12-30 05:58:05 PM  
Met him in Huntsville some years ago. A fine gentleman; glad he was on our side.
 
2012-12-30 09:49:32 PM  

Craptastic: [www.dailymail.com image 275x343]
RIP, Jesco.


/why did I do that?


Why did you beat me to it, that's the question.
 
2012-12-30 10:23:15 PM  
The Sleeping God may be one of the most cerebral and interesting Star Trek stories I've ever read.

Godspeed, Rocket Man.
 
2012-12-31 04:32:01 PM  
Farewell, one of the few German rocket scientists who never took a paycheque from Adolf Hitler.

/operation Paperclip
//sehr gut.
 
2013-01-01 10:16:45 AM  

mark12A: I liked STTMP. I thought the plot was smart, plausible and logical. A real engineer's version of Trek. Especially the Director's Cut. The pajama uniforms were bland, but completely logical considering the ship environment was well controlled.


People don't give that movie nearly enough credit. It better exemplifies what Star Trek was really supposed to be about: exploring the universe, than any of the other films. Not every story needs a Khan-like villain (something I wish the writers of every Trek movie since 1996 would figure out).
 
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