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  1. demosthenes

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    I used to live two doors down from the Lovelace mansions in Albuquerque where the astronauts were quarantined when they came back from the moon. I missed them by 25 years but that’s as close a connection I can claim to the Apollo program. :cool:
     
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    Apollo 11 50 years later
    Apollo 11’s launch, minute by minute
    By Roger Simmons Sentinel
    Apollo 11 launched from Kennedy Space Center 50 years ago this morning, the start of an eight-day, 953,000-mile journey which would take the first humans to the surface of the moon and return them home.
    The 36-story Saturn V rocket with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off at 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969 from launch pad 39A.

    Using NASA logs and historical data, here’s a look back at how the countdown to history proceeded that day.

    Time to wake up

    4:15 a.m. — Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins are awakened in their crew quarters at Kennedy Space Center. They quickly dress with Aldrin in a blue-and-gold plaid short-sleeved shirt, Armstrong and Collins in white short-sleeved shirts. They undergo a physical examination and are declared “flight-ready,” NASA says.

    They move to a dining room where “the normal astronaut fare on launch day” is awaiting them: A breakfast of orange juice, steaks, scrambled eggs, toast and coffee. As the astronauts sit down at a table with white table cloths and white china, two other men join them.

    The first is Deke Slayton, one of the original Mercury astronauts. After being grounded for health reasons, he became NASA’s Director of Flight Crew Operations and the man who assigned Apollo astronauts to their missions. It was his decision to have Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins go to the moon on Apollo 11.

    Apollo 11’s launch, minute by minute
     
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    Apollo 11 50 years later
    What will space travel look like 50 years from now?

    By Joe Mario Pedersen sentinel
    Based upon the progress for the last 50 years I would say that space travel would be common-place,” Orlando resident Howard Ludwig told the Orlando Evening Star in 1969.

    Ludwig’s predictions for space travel aren’t exactly accurate as the mere act of a rocket launch is still considered a milestone.

    “Space travel is here to stay. Breakfast on Earth - lunch on Mars - and supper on Earth again,” said Marshall B. Bone of Orlando.

    Our meals are still isolated to Earth unless you count Matt Damon eating Martian potatoes for 150 minutes.

    But perhaps the most erroneous prediction came from Orlando resident, Jacob Wolfey who said that space travel would be “normal.”

    Many would love that to be the case, especially after Apollo 11 landed on the moon 50 years ago, and no human has returned since 1972.

    However, a new age of space travel is igniting with NASA’s plans to transport astronauts to the moon’s south pole in 2024 and eventually on to Mars.

    What will space travel look like 50 years from now?
     
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    SpaceX now knows why astronaut capsule exploded
    By Chabeli Herrera Sentinel
    After nearly three months of investigation into what SpaceX at first only called an “anomaly,” the company on Monday announced the likely culprit of an explosion that blew apart its Crew Dragon astronaut capsule during a test on the Space Coast in April.

    A leaking component in the vehicle’s propulsion system began the chain of events that ended in destruction, said Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX’s vice president of build and flight reliability, during a press conference call Monday afternoon.

    Because of delays caused by the accident, Koenigsmann said it’s going to be “increasingly difficult” to get astronauts aboard a Crew Dragon capsule and into space by the end of 2019, though not impossible.

    The April 20 accident happened when the Elon Musk-owned rocket company was conducting static fire tests of the vehicle’s engines. The capsule on the test stand that afternoon had already successfully flown to space one month earlier, completing the first major test of SpaceX’s partnership program with NASA, which will carry astronauts back to space from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011 on vehicles built by SpaceX and Boeing.
    SpaceX now knows why astronaut capsule exploded
     
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    So you're probably contaminated with weird space bacteria. That explains a lot :)
     
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    Lovelace is where all of the early astronauts were put through their medical tests during the selection process. Everyone who went to the Moon had to endure what some of them described as a sadistic torture session. Everything from getting their arms shocked to the point of paralysis by a needle inserted into the palm of their hands to hours of complete sensory deprivation interrupted by sudden lights and loud noises to invasions of every opening on their bodies with probes and medical devices. Wally Schirra, a member of the Original Seven, once said that they were well patients being looked at by sick doctors. If you've seen The Right Stuff, you are aware that they were also required to offer up sperm specimens, presumably to insure that the men chosen could impregnate female space aliens if need be.
     
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  10. demosthenes

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    We were right down the street from the Lovelace Hospital. My parents bought an house on the same street as the Lovelace mansions that was owned by one of Lovelace’s business partner doctors. Maybe he was involved in all that. :eek:
     
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    COUNTDOWN TO APOLLO 11

    Man in the moon

    Neil Armstrong rode quickly and quietly into the sunset after Apollo 11

    By David Whitley sentinel
    The most celebrated person is missing from Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary celebration. In a way, that is fitting.

    Neil Armstrong was never one to bask in the moon’s glow, no matter how badly the world wanted him to.

    “I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, nerdy engineer,” he said shortly after returning to Earth.

    A gold mine of endorsements and exultation awaited. But Armstrong became a college professor, a part-time farmer and fulltime enigma.

    Even in a pre-Kardashian world, trying to be normal made him seem odd.

    “He was immensely proud of the role he played in the first moon landing,” James Hansen wrote, “but he would not allow it to turn into a circus performance for him or a money-making machine.”
    Man in the moon
     
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    Off subject as far as the last few pages, but being 43 I was always fascinated by the Space Shuttle, and HULU has a pretty good doc. on it. Anyone else have the Space Shuttle as their preferred space ship(real)
     
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    Sentinel's reprint of the original:

    ‘One Small Step For Man – One Giant Leap For Mankind’

    SPACE CENTER, Houston – Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong became the first man to step on the moon Sunday.

    His first words as he set foot on the lunar surface moments before

    11 p.m. were:
    “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

    “The Eagle has landed,” were Armstrong’s first words as he and Edwin Aldrin settled softly on the moon’s craggy surface in their gro-tesque spacecraft nicknamed Eagle.

    The time was 4:17 Sunday afternoon. Touchdown was 62 miles east of Sabine Crater, and about four miles downrange from the scheduled landing site.

    A few minutes after landing, Armstrong and Aldrin removed their helments and gloves and, for the first time, had a chance to look at the moon’s surface from only a few feet away.

    ALDRIN described the view:
    ‘One Small Step For Man – One Giant Leap For Mankind’
     
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