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(Air & Space Magazine)   Alabama- the state that will give us Senator Roy Moore is the one that also gave us Saturn V, the world's most kickass rocket   ( airspacemag.com) divider line
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2017-09-22 05:24:40 PM  
For everything good about Alabama, there's a Roy Moore who'll fark it up twice as much.
 
2017-09-22 05:27:56 PM  
No, the federal government making scientists move to Greater Farkall Alabama gave us the Saturn V.  Because the people from there were not designing it - else it would be known as the Fall Down Go Boom V
 
2017-09-22 05:39:12 PM  
NASA did a great strategy by scattering parts of the space program in various states in need for those federal funds.
It was like they're were playing 4 dimensional chess with senators votes for funding.
 
2017-09-22 05:49:42 PM  
Yeah, I think that was more Germans than Alabamans
 
2017-09-22 06:03:13 PM  
They could cure cancer, and it still wouldn't make the scorecard even out.
 
2017-09-22 06:03:39 PM  

phalamir: No, the federal government making scientists move to Greater Farkall Alabama gave us the Saturn V.  Because the people from there were not designing it - else it would be known as the Fall Down Go Boom V


So much this.

My father worked on the liquid fuel rocket systems in Huntsville at the time, he took his Prdue engineering degree for visits to McDonnell Aircraft, Lockheed then Von BraunLand.  I was 5 when we landed on the Moon.

We lived in an apartment complex where a lot of recent "migrants" had to live ...and I never heard a Southern accent there.  But I did hear a lot of German.
 
2017-09-22 06:05:35 PM  
The US government wanted a place for nazi scientists to go and work on rockets and thought they would fit right in Alabama. They were right
 
2017-09-22 06:20:08 PM  
Obligatory:
Tom Lehrer - Wernher von Braun
Youtube QEJ9HrZq7Ro
 
2017-09-22 07:41:07 PM  
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2017-09-22 07:56:51 PM  

wejash: phalamir: No, the federal government making scientists move to Greater Farkall Alabama gave us the Saturn V.  Because the people from there were not designing it - else it would be known as the Fall Down Go Boom V

So much this.

My father worked on the liquid fuel rocket systems in Huntsville at the time, he took his Prdue engineering degree for visits to McDonnell Aircraft, Lockheed then Von BraunLand.  I was 5 when we landed on the Moon.

We lived in an apartment complex where a lot of recent "migrants" had to live ...and I never heard a Southern accent there.  But I did hear a lot of German.


Huntsville for a time there, had their speed limit signs posted in both MPH and KPH.
 
2017-09-22 07:58:31 PM  
Alabama is a backwards shiathole that regularly inflicts its medieval beliefs on the rest of us while mooching off the largesse of the rest of the country. The federal government making rocket scientists live there as an apparent incentive to be able to leave the planet doesn't change any of that.
 
2017-09-22 08:17:56 PM  
Sadly, ever since they have been holding back our space ambitions by requiring NASA to always use legacy stuff for everything. Seriously, the SLS is the dumbest way possible to build a rocket.
 
2017-09-22 08:28:04 PM  

optikeye: NASA did a great strategy by scattering parts of the space program in various states in need for those federal funds.
It was like they're were playing 4 dimensional chess with senators votes for funding.


I'm betting they learned that trick from military contractors.
 
2017-09-22 08:50:54 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: They could cure cancer, and it still wouldn't make the scorecard even out.


What if a requirement for the cancer cure involved vivisecting Roy Moore?
 
2017-09-22 09:03:39 PM  

phalamir: No, the federal government making scientists move to Greater Farkall Alabama gave us the Saturn V.  Because the people from there were not designing it - else it would be known as the Fall Down Go Boom V


And where better to send your Nazi scientists than Alabama?
 
2017-09-22 09:07:20 PM  
We lost a man on the test stand because we had a liquid oxygen leak and the liquid dripped on the flooring of the test stand. The guy came along and saw it. It had built up into like a little icicle and he kicked it and it blew his leg off. He had on rubber shoes, which had some oil or something on them, and oil in contact with cryogenic is just disastrous.

That anecdote kind of blew my mind.
 
2017-09-22 09:08:32 PM  

Befuddled: We lost a man on the test stand because we had a liquid oxygen leak and the liquid dripped on the flooring of the test stand. The guy came along and saw it. It had built up into like a little icicle and he kicked it and it blew his leg off. He had on rubber shoes, which had some oil or something on them, and oil in contact with cryogenic is just disastrous.

That anecdote kind of blew my mind.


Shouldn't have headbutted the Soxicle
 
2017-09-22 09:26:33 PM  
I lived in Florida and got to see a Saturn V launch and a couple of space shuttle launches.

The Apollo rocket sounded like a deep rumble.  Space shuttle surprised me with its high-revving sound.

Sort of like the difference between a Harley and a Yamaha.
 
2017-09-22 09:29:37 PM  
Built by people who want to get away from Alabama.
 
2017-09-22 09:41:24 PM  
Another Farker posted this video last year, I think you folks will enjoy it.  It's a launchpad camera shooting the Apollo 11 launch at 500 frames per second, 30 seconds playing out over 8 minutes.  The commentary is pretty informative too.

Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch Camera E-8
Youtube DKtVpvzUF1Y
 
2017-09-22 09:43:39 PM  

optikeye: Huntsville for a time there, had their speed limit signs posted in both MPH and KPH.


Why? Do you think a lot of cars were sold in the USA with speedometers measuring KPH?
 
2017-09-22 10:10:04 PM  
I'm willing to give Roy Moore a chance to get kicked out of the Senate
 
2017-09-22 10:11:18 PM  

Polish Hussar: Another Farker posted this video last year, I think you folks will enjoy it.  It's a launchpad camera shooting the Apollo 11 launch at 500 frames per second, 30 seconds playing out over 8 minutes.  The commentary is pretty informative too.

[_ image _x_]


Very cool.  It was the Apollo 11 I saw launch in person.
 
2017-09-22 10:14:32 PM  

mrmopar5287: optikeye: Huntsville for a time there, had their speed limit signs posted in both MPH and KPH.

Why? Do you think a lot of cars were sold in the USA with speedometers measuring KPH?


There were a lot of foreign cars in Huntspatch in the 60s.

My father had two Simcas...one sometimes worked.  He also had some English POS and a VW bus.  And my mother had a VW Bug as well.  They were cheap but all over the place.

The signage was likely also a signal that Huntsville was in the forefront of metric and the future.  A lot of new residents were more comfortable with it and the world was moving that way and science already had.

Being different than George Wallace's Alabama was important to its self-image.
 
2017-09-22 10:17:59 PM  

wejash: Being different than George Wallace's Alabama was important to its self-image.


Being different from George Wallace's Alabama should be important to everyone's self-image.
 
2017-09-22 10:28:55 PM  

Farker Soze: ecmoRandomNumbers: They could cure cancer, and it still wouldn't make the scorecard even out.

What if a requirement for the cancer cure involved vivisecting Roy Moore?


Eh. Still a slightly unbalanced scale there. Although the thought is appealing.
 
2017-09-22 10:46:35 PM  

Unobtanium: Obligatory:
[iFrame https://www.youtube.com/embed/QEJ9HrZq7Ro?rel=0&showinfo=0&autoplay=1 - _x_]


Von Braun: "I aim for the stars!"
Allies: "But occasionally he hits London."
 
2017-09-22 11:06:04 PM  

Earguy: Polish Hussar: Another Farker posted this video last year, I think you folks will enjoy it.  It's a launchpad camera shooting the Apollo 11 launch at 500 frames per second, 30 seconds playing out over 8 minutes.  The commentary is pretty informative too.

[_ image _x_]

Very cool.  It was the Apollo 11 I saw launch in person.


Tell me that story in person and I'll buy you another drink.
 
2017-09-22 11:12:50 PM  

phalamir: No, the federal government making scientists move to Greater Farkall Alabama gave us the Saturn V.  Because the people from there were not designing it - else it would be known as the Fall Down Go Boom V


This.  The secret formula was not inbred racists (who take pride in being inbred racists).
 
2017-09-22 11:14:59 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: phalamir: No, the federal government making scientists move to Greater Farkall Alabama gave us the Saturn V.  Because the people from there were not designing it - else it would be known as the Fall Down Go Boom V

This.  The secret formula was not inbred racists (who take pride in being inbred racists).


Um, it was developed by Nazis so I'm not sure your point is applicable. Maybe the inbred part.
 
2017-09-22 11:15:38 PM  
It's a rural state full of old, religious poor folks who are scared of changing times, but it is also possessed of great natural beauty. Soon enough, those backward denizens will be gone, with no one to replace them as all the young people have moved to the cities or to other states, or died in meth lab explosions.

But the forests, fields, rivers, and mountains shall remain.
 
2017-09-22 11:23:59 PM  

Cry Hentai And Release The Tentacles of War!: It's a rural state full of old, religious poor folks who are scared of changing times, but it is also possessed of great natural beauty. Soon enough, those backward denizens will be gone, with no one to replace them as all the young people have moved to the cities or to other states, or died in meth lab explosions.

But the forests, fields, rivers, and mountains shall remain.


Not with this administration; just toxic ponds and mountains of tailings.
 
2017-09-22 11:28:17 PM  
Are you suggesting we put Roy Moore on one of those rockets and shoot it into the sun? Because that's not the worst suggestion I've heard. He could sing "nearer to my God than thee" on his way.
 
2017-09-22 11:37:02 PM  

Ambivalence: Are you suggesting we put Roy Moore on one of those rockets and shoot it into the sun? Because that's not the worst suggestion I've heard. He could sing "nearer to my God than thee" on his way.


We probably don't have the lift capacity for a straight sun shot for your proposed payload.

Would depositing him in a decaying Earth orbit that will eventually degrade and burn up in the atmosphere work for Madame?  Yes?  It is one of our best sellers.

Very good then if you will come in to speak with Mr Musk next week, he will have your design ready.
 
2017-09-23 02:06:12 AM  
Lived in Huntsville from 1986 to 1998 (8 to 20 years old). Dad was an aerospace and defense contractor attached to projects at Marshall Space Flight Center and Redstone Arsenal. Looking back, Huntsville really consisted of two completely different social strata - the technical, science-oriented NASA/DOD community, and the original, racially-divided southern community. Being young, I was oblivious to this, but in hindsight, it's pretty obvious. I've read that race relations in Huntsville have be come even more strained and the cuts tofunding for NASA and other technical programs has caused the tech community to wither.

Still, better than anywhere else in Alabama.

/and thanks to Bible-belt Satanic panic, finding an RPG group was impossible
 
2017-09-23 02:41:45 AM  

Cry Hentai And Release The Tentacles of War!: It's a rural state full of old, religious poor folks who are scared of changing times, but it is also possessed of great natural beauty. Soon enough, those backward denizens will be gone, with no one to replace them as all the young people have moved to the cities or to other states, or died in meth lab explosions.

But the forests, fields, rivers, and mountains shall remain.


And giant cockroaches that fly. Don't forget those farkers.
 
2017-09-23 03:09:40 AM  
There wouldn't have been much point in building the Saturn V without Harvey Allen and Max Faget's work at Ames Research Center.http://www.airspacemag.com/space/how-the-spaceship-got-its-sha​pe-13729​3282/?c=y&page=1#
 
2017-09-23 08:48:34 AM  
... so they specialize in gigantic, combustible phalluses.
 
2017-09-23 02:34:46 PM  

Polish Hussar: Earguy: Polish Hussar: Another Farker posted this video last year, I think you folks will enjoy it.  It's a launchpad camera shooting the Apollo 11 launch at 500 frames per second, 30 seconds playing out over 8 minutes.  The commentary is pretty informative too.

[_ image _x_]

Very cool.  It was the Apollo 11 I saw launch in person.

Tell me that story in person and I'll buy you another drink.


Next time I'm in Detroit.. M
 
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