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2014-07-20 08:10:05 AM  
If you want to achieve in this life, you must set your goals higher.

I'm already pretty high.

And so am I.


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2014-07-20 08:22:11 AM  
How weird must Michael Collins have felt for those few hours when he was the most isolated human in history?
 
2014-07-20 08:29:34 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: How weird must Michael Collins have felt for those few hours when he was the most isolated human in history?


I always feel kind of bad for the command module pilots. You get that close, but then you have to sit in the car with it running while everyone else goes out to play.
 
2014-07-20 08:36:31 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Mr. Coffee Nerves: How weird must Michael Collins have felt for those few hours when he was the most isolated human in history?

I always feel kind of bad for the command module pilots. You get that close, but then you have to sit in the car with it running while everyone else goes out to play.


And if, God forbid, things go pear-shaped you fly home alone to tell your story a million times over about how you had to abandon your friends to boil, freeze, suffocate, get tentacle-raped and hey, Commander, we have new telescope footage of the corpses of your crew here, your thoughts?
 
2014-07-20 08:42:07 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: always feel kind of bad for the command module pilots. You get that close, but then you have to sit in the car with it running while everyone else goes out to play.


They cracked a window.
 
2014-07-20 09:33:26 AM  
So in honor of this day, let us spend this entire thread complaining that Obama killed NASA because it's no longer funded like it was in the 60's when it's budget doubled every year.
 
2014-07-20 09:57:35 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: How weird must Michael Collins have felt for those few hours when he was the most isolated human in history?


In interviews he says he didn't think too much about it.

"The Shadow of the Moon" is an excellent documentary, I highly recommend it to everyone interested in the Apollo program. It is comprised fully of interviews with Apollo astronauts.
 
2014-07-20 10:18:16 AM  
Just wait until the Chinese go up and sweep away the footprints.
 
2014-07-20 10:28:03 AM  
"Good luck, Mr. Gorsky!"
 
2014-07-20 10:29:15 AM  
Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight...
 
2014-07-20 10:31:20 AM  
Boiler'Up
 
2014-07-20 10:34:10 AM  
I see what you did there subby, nice.
 
2014-07-20 10:38:03 AM  
Nice, subby.
 
2014-07-20 10:39:15 AM  
Try the DSKY simulators here:   http://svtsim.com/moonjs/agc.html and here:  http://apollo.spaceborn.dk/dsky-sim.html

...and imagine yourself streaking across the moon's surface looking for a landing spot with computer alarms going off and fuel nearly empty while using the DSKY interface for guidance.

Here's the flight director's loop of the landing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaBLnR-RJlY&feature=youtu.be&t=5m19s

If you listen to the discussions on the ground (which were not being heard by Armstrong and Aldrin) they were becoming increasingly focussed on the remaining fuel ("fuel crit.").  When the ground controllers said "60 seconds" and "30 seconds", they weren't referring to the time to landing, but the time to 'BINGO':  out of landing fuel and they would have had abort landing and proceed immediately with re-ascent using that fuel.
 
2014-07-20 10:39:18 AM  

WTF Indeed: So in honor of this day, let us spend this entire thread complaining that Obama killed NASA because it's no longer funded like it was in the 60's when it's budget doubled every year.


I hope you're not suggesting that it shouldn't, because that's the one government program that actually produces a return in the dollar.
 
2014-07-20 10:44:34 AM  

jaylectricity: Just wait until the Chinese go up and sweep away the footprints.


They can't.

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2014-07-20 10:45:10 AM  
 
2014-07-20 10:47:42 AM  
www.wrestlecrap.com
 
2014-07-20 10:50:42 AM  

Mr. Oizo: Try the DSKY simulators here:   http://svtsim.com/moonjs/agc.html and here:  http://apollo.spaceborn.dk/dsky-sim.html


Thanks for those, but not 'til I've had my morning coffee.

Kerbal and Lunar Flight have given me renewed appreciation for what those guys accomplished.

/Kerbal thread, yay
 
2014-07-20 10:51:38 AM  
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Bravo
 
2014-07-20 10:54:54 AM  
How weird must Michael Collins have felt for those few hours when he was the most isolated human in history?

I always feel kind of bad for the command module pilots. You get that close, but then you have to sit in the car with it running while everyone else goes out to play.


Oh, I dunno. More like sitting in the car while your buddies rob the liquor store. They're taking most of the risk, you're kinda safe, and you're getting a cut. Sweet.
 
2014-07-20 10:54:59 AM  
CSB time:

I was a few weeks away from my 4th birthday that day and I was over at my great-grandparent's home near my grandfather's (their son's) restaurant.

We watched man land on the moon as I sat on granny's lap.

She was born in 1890 and gramps in 1883. They stared at the 9" b/w screen they had in their "parlor".

Oh how the world had changed during their lifetimes...

/CSB
 
2014-07-20 10:58:50 AM  

Crewmannumber6: I hope you're not suggesting that it shouldn't, because that's the one government program that actually produces a return in the dollar.


The law of Diminishing Returns says otherwise.
 
2014-07-20 10:59:29 AM  
My dad recorded it on his reel to reel player for posterity. I was 9. It was the most exited/nervous/exhilarated I'd ever seen him, before or since.
 
2014-07-20 11:01:52 AM  
FangQ Gig103. Never heard not saw Shadow of the Moon -- yet.  Plan to Seek once find few more hrs in day.
New spouse & I sat in my now-late parents' living rm watching this at the 0dark30 it took place at, in EDT.
 
2014-07-20 11:01:53 AM  
I love the Eagles Greatest Hits album.

"Well Imma standing on a crater....."
 
2014-07-20 11:01:56 AM  

FlyPanAm: [www.wrestlecrap.com image 250x187]


Yeah, there were some questions about the Moon landing and Buzz had the answer.
 
2014-07-20 11:04:02 AM  
Armstrong- John Stewart

Black boy in Chicago
Playing in the street
Not enough to wear
Not near enough to eat
But don't you know he saw it
On a July afternoon
He saw a man named Armstrong
Walk upon the moon

Young girl in Calcutta
Barely eight years old
The flies that swarm the market place
Will see she don't get old
But don't you know she heard it
On that July afternoon
She heard a man named Armstrong
Had walked upon the moon
She heard a man named Armstrong
Had walked upon the moon

The rivers are getting' dirty
The wind is getting bad
War and hate is killing off
The only earth we have
But the world all stopped to watch it
On that July afternoon
To watch a man named Armstrong
Walk upon the moon
To watch a man named Armstrong
Walk upon the moon

Oh I wonder if a long time ago
Somewhere in the universe
They watched a man named Adam
Walk upon the earth
 
2014-07-20 11:08:48 AM  
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/'Merica.
 
2014-07-20 11:09:43 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Mr. Coffee Nerves: How weird must Michael Collins have felt for those few hours when he was the most isolated human in history?

I always feel kind of bad for the command module pilots. You get that close, but then you have to sit in the car with it running while everyone else goes out to play.


There's a wonderful bit in the miniseries 'From the Earth to the Moon' just as the Aldrin and Amstrong leave the command module and enter the Lander. There's a beat where Collins just looks at them, smiles and shrugs.

On the positive side, I am also convinced that he was the first man to masturbate in space.
 
2014-07-20 11:11:49 AM  

gaslight: FirstNationalBastard: Mr. Coffee Nerves: How weird must Michael Collins have felt for those few hours when he was the most isolated human in history?

I always feel kind of bad for the command module pilots. You get that close, but then you have to sit in the car with it running while everyone else goes out to play.

There's a wonderful bit in the miniseries 'From the Earth to the Moon' just as the Aldrin and Amstrong leave the command module and enter the Lander. There's a beat where Collins just looks at them, smiles and shrugs.

On the positive side, I am also convinced that he was the first man to masturbate in space.


There was also a great scene chronicling the Apollo 12 mission, where Alan Bean is closing the hatch and says "I sure hope I see you again."
 
2014-07-20 11:13:50 AM  

gaslight: FirstNationalBastard: Mr. Coffee Nerves: How weird must Michael Collins have felt for those few hours when he was the most isolated human in history?

I always feel kind of bad for the command module pilots. You get that close, but then you have to sit in the car with it running while everyone else goes out to play.

There's a wonderful bit in the miniseries 'From the Earth to the Moon' just as the Aldrin and Amstrong leave the command module and enter the Lander. There's a beat where Collins just looks at them, smiles and shrugs.

On the positive side, I am also convinced that he was the first man to masturbate in space.


In that miniseries, Aldrin was played by Bryan Cranston, meaning meth went to the moon.

Cranston was also Gus Grissom in Apollo 13.

And speaking of Grissom, was it ever confirmed NASA wanted him as the first man on the moon before Apollo 1 happened, or is that just a rumor?
 
2014-07-20 11:19:02 AM  
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2014-07-20 11:19:44 AM  
And here's hoping for more giant leaps for mankind.

/instead of further small shrugs
//and giant retreats
///away from the future of mankind
 
2014-07-20 11:19:50 AM  

Tom_Slick: gaslight: FirstNationalBastard: Mr. Coffee Nerves: How weird must Michael Collins have felt for those few hours when he was the most isolated human in history?

I always feel kind of bad for the command module pilots. You get that close, but then you have to sit in the car with it running while everyone else goes out to play.

There's a wonderful bit in the miniseries 'From the Earth to the Moon' just as the Aldrin and Amstrong leave the command module and enter the Lander. There's a beat where Collins just looks at them, smiles and shrugs.

On the positive side, I am also convinced that he was the first man to masturbate in space.

There was also a great scene chronicling the Apollo 12 mission, where Alan Bean is closing the hatch and says "I sure hope I see you again."


I really enjoyed all of that series. It's why i have it on DVD. It is must watch material for every Farker.
 
2014-07-20 11:20:31 AM  
Allegedly, subs, allegedly.

/ no, not serious
 
2014-07-20 11:25:11 AM  
Nonsense.  I'm not a rocket scientist so it couldn't have happened.
 
2014-07-20 11:27:16 AM  

jayphat: Tom_Slick: gaslight: FirstNationalBastard: Mr. Coffee Nerves: How weird must Michael Collins have felt for those few hours when he was the most isolated human in history?

I always feel kind of bad for the command module pilots. You get that close, but then you have to sit in the car with it running while everyone else goes out to play.

There's a wonderful bit in the miniseries 'From the Earth to the Moon' just as the Aldrin and Amstrong leave the command module and enter the Lander. There's a beat where Collins just looks at them, smiles and shrugs.

On the positive side, I am also convinced that he was the first man to masturbate in space.

There was also a great scene chronicling the Apollo 12 mission, where Alan Bean is closing the hatch and says "I sure hope I see you again."

I really enjoyed all of that series. It's why i have it on DVD. It is must watch material for every Farker.


It was that series that made me read this Biography of Pete Conrad, that man was just a bad ass.

/Seriously read the book if you haven't it was started just before he died.
 
2014-07-20 11:27:34 AM  

Marine1: /'Merica.


Sort of like how Al Bundy used to constantly remind people of his prowess playing QB for Polk High. Kinda sad really. You could've been something. You could've been a contender useful contributer to mankind.
 
2014-07-20 11:27:38 AM  
 
2014-07-20 11:28:41 AM  

thisisyourbrainonFark: jaylectricity: Just wait until the Chinese go up and sweep away the footprints.

They can't.


Did we get presidential hopeful Adlai Stevenson's opinion?
 
2014-07-20 11:29:49 AM  
FirstNationalBastard: .

And speaking of Grissom, was it ever confirmed NASA wanted him as the first man on the moon before Apollo 1 happened, or is that just a rumor?


In Chris Kraft's book "Flight" both him & Deke Slayton said that had Grissom lived, he would've been the 1st man on the Moon.

"The Right Stuff" is a good movie, except for making Grissom look like a bumbling fool (that "honor" goes to Carpenter), they would never have given him Gemini & Apollo if that was true.
 
2014-07-20 11:31:45 AM  
I distinctly recall that live broadcast.  Neil Armstrong has been badly misquoted, what he actually said was this:

"that's one vuhvuh-vuh, one vuh-vuh vuh-vuh vuh-vuh-vuh!".


And everybody in the room was like -  'what did he just say?, I don't know, guess we'll find out in Life magazine next week"
 
2014-07-20 11:33:16 AM  

Frantic Freddie: FirstNationalBastard: .

And speaking of Grissom, was it ever confirmed NASA wanted him as the first man on the moon before Apollo 1 happened, or is that just a rumor?

In Chris Kraft's book "Flight" both him & Deke Slayton said that had Grissom lived, he would've been the 1st man on the Moon.

"The Right Stuff" is a good movie, except for making Grissom look like a bumbling fool (that "honor" goes to Carpenter), they would never have given him Gemini & Apollo if that was true.


Yup, furthermore:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus_Grissom#Death
Chief astronaut Deke Slayton wrote that he wanted one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts to be the first on the Moon and, "Had Gus been alive, as a Mercury astronaut he would have taken the step ... My first choice would have been Gus, which both Chris Kraft and Bob Gilruth seconded."[38]
 
2014-07-20 11:34:22 AM  
Best Book on the early space travel


Carrying the Fire

By Mike Collins

www.adventure-journal.com
 
2014-07-20 11:37:17 AM  
(As a side note, while clicking around for Gus Grissom: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanguard_TV3

Later analysis of this technological failure characterized this as a humiliation and loss of prestige for the United States which had presented itself to the world as the leader in science and technology. Its rival in the Cold War, the Soviet Union exploited this at the time.[11][12]

It's not surprising but it is horse shiat. That's not incompetence that's just bad luck, it's a hard job.

We still lose sats all the time, the Russians do, France does, private launch companies. Everybody who does this business still has rockets blow up because it's a complicated business. If we could make rockets even a bit more reliable it would mean $100s of millions in savings because of stuff like this.

We're throwing delicate electronic devices into orbit on the end of the biggest firecrackers ever made. There is some noise when you do that.)
 
2014-07-20 11:40:07 AM  

Gig103: "The Shadow of the Moon" is an excellent documentary, I highly recommend it to everyone interested in the Apollo program. It is comprised fully of interviews with Apollo astronauts.


Thanks for the suggestion, it looks really great.

(talking now to everyone else reading this...)  Looking it up it's a Ron Howard film so it had the backing to make it a good one.  The full doc is available on YouTube

/sadly I was just under 3 when it happened so I don't remember that mission.  I do have memories of other missions & sitting (probably bored) with my parents watching coverage on our b&w tv.
 
2014-07-20 11:41:12 AM  

zimbomba63: FlyPanAm: [www.wrestlecrap.com image 250x187]

Yeah, there were some questions about the Moon landing and Buzz had the answer.


Best.  Answer. Ever.

/thank you Buzz, for doing what we're all thinking
 
2014-07-20 11:42:55 AM  

Rip Dashrock: I see what you did there subby, nice.


I didn't until you posted this. Nice jorb to both you and Subby!
 
2014-07-20 11:45:19 AM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: (As a side note, while clicking around for Gus Grissom: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanguard_TV3

Later analysis of this technological failure characterized this as a humiliation and loss of prestige for the United States which had presented itself to the world as the leader in science and technology. Its rival in the Cold War, the Soviet Union exploited this at the time.[11][12]

It's not surprising but it is horse shiat. That's not incompetence that's just bad luck, it's a hard job.

We still lose sats all the time, the Russians do, France does, private launch companies. Everybody who does this business still has rockets blow up because it's a complicated business. If we could make rockets even a bit more reliable it would mean $100s of millions in savings because of stuff like this.

We're throwing delicate electronic devices into orbit on the end of the biggest firecrackers ever made. There is some noise when you do that.)


At the current time, yes it did. However, this became increasingly clear in later years when documents and such surfaced showing just how farked up the soviet program was, from the constant failure of launches, to the outright death of cosmonauts, all being kept secret from the public.
 
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