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Old 09-22-2010, 10:08 PM   #61
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Greg stole my answer....
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Old 09-23-2010, 07:11 AM   #62
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As a little hint, the monicker 'Buzz' had nothing to do with hair cuts or piloting. He got it when he was young.

Wade, if clues are illegal, you can erase this hint.



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Old 09-24-2010, 07:55 PM   #63
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Clues are fine...and you are right, Andy, he was very young
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Old 09-26-2010, 09:41 PM   #64
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IDK...maybe he got stung by a bee...
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It was killin me so I had to look it up. It twernt that "simple" Wade.......


Give up the answer and give us a new question, this one has gone on long enough.
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:04 PM   #66
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Oh....alright. I do love to drive Greg nuts with these...

"Buzz" had two older sisters. When he was born, they couldn't pronounce "Brother" so they called him "Buzzer" which stuck, later shortened to just "Buzz"

It could have been worse, the second man to walk upon the lunar surface could have been Edwin Eugene "Bubba" Aldrin.

Next Question:

Neil Armstrong was selected to exit the LEM ahead of Buzz Aldrin, even though Aldrin's position in the LEM was closer to the hatch and required some awkward maneuvering (While wearing EVA suits) to make it happen.

What political reason/logic put Armstrong's name in the history books ahead of Aldrin?
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What political reason/logic put Armstrong's name in the history books ahead of Aldrin?
Could it be that Armstrong was a civilian (and mission commander) and Buzz was a colonel in the military. It was thought that it would be taken the wrong way if the first person to set foot on the moon was in the military.



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Could it be that Armstrong was a civilian (and mission commander) and Buzz was a colonel in the military. It was thought that it would be taken the wrong way if the first person to set foot on the moon was in the military.
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That is exactly correct.

Next Question, Still Apollo 11:

From the moon: "Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed."

From Mission Control "...you got a bunch of guys about to turn blue here..."

Why? What was Mission Control so concerned about?

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They really weren't sure the moon existed so they were holding their breath to see if the LLM would really touch down on a solid surface.
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They were concerned that the lunar surface was too sandy/soft/squishy to support the weight of the LEM, hence the big foot pads.

But that's not why they were all holding their breath...you can hear Charlie Duke (CAPCOM) talking to the astronauts about the situation...
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They weren't sure if the sound stage would collapse under the weight of the LEM even though it was being held with a cable.



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At 2:25 into the vid (I had to watch several times) they "lost" the LLM's signal. "Duke Columbia, Houston. We've lost them. Tell them to go aft on the Omni. Over." Soooo they were concerned about the radio contact staying groovy between the LLM and the Command Module and Houston. The moon was getting in the way?


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At 2:25 into the vid (I had to watch several times) they "lost" the LLM's signal. "Duke Columbia, Houston. We've lost them. Tell them to go aft on the Omni. Over." Soooo they were concerned about the radio contact staying groovy between the LLM and the Command Module and Houston. The moon was getting in the way?


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They did have flaky com, and "going aft on the omni" fixed it. They basically changed antennas.

Also you will hear "twelve oh two alarm" with some urgency in Armstrong's voice, which meant the radar had just quit. They can't land without it. In the teckno speak that follows they are told to power cycle the radar and it comes back fine.

Charlie Duke is giving a count down "60 seconds" later "30 seconds" and you can hear the tension in his voice.

What is Duke counting down to while the rest of NASA holds it's collective breath?

Upon further review of the video, the 1202 alarm must have occurred before they fired the decent engine as it isn't on this video. In any case, the radar malfunction was fixed by turning of and on again. You hear the astronauts reading out feet above the surface using that radar. In any case, the radar is NOT what Charlie Duke and the others are sweating over...it has to do with Dukes countdown.
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I believe they were looking for a good place to land. It looked too rocky where they were heading. And if they didn't land soon, they wouldn't have enough fuel to take off.



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I believe they were looking for a good place to land. It looked too rocky where they were heading. And if they didn't land soon, they wouldn't have enough fuel to take off.
That sounds good.
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I believe they were looking for a good place to land. It looked too rocky where they were heading. And if they didn't land soon, they wouldn't have enough fuel to take off.
Close enough.

Fuel is the issue, however the Decent engine and it's fuel supply is different from the Accent engine. Recall the leggy bottom half of the LEM was left on the moon, only the top half returned to the command module.

Charlie Duke is counting off the remaining decent engine fuel in seconds. There were 15 seconds of fuel left at shutdown. Andy made a point though, the original landing site was too rocky and they flew further to find a better spot.

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The first American to "walk in space" was who? And under which "race to the moon" program did this occur?
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Was it Shepard in one of the Gemini missions? If I remember right, although they called it a space walk, he was tethered with an umbilical back into the craft through the hatch.



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Was it Shepard in one of the Gemini missions? If I remember right, although they called it a space walk, he was tethered with an umbilical back into the craft through the hatch.
Gemini is right, and there was a tether.

Wrong guy, though.
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buzz Aldrin???
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