Yellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5490 times:
Haven't quite landed yet - go to www.wechoosethemoon.org for a virtual recreation of the Apollo 11 mission running 40 years to the second after the real thing. It even plays the audio recording of the transmissions between the capsule and Mission Control.
7 hours 44 minutes left until landing and counting...
Hydrogen is an odorless, colorless gas which, given enough time, turns into people.
George W. Bush wanted NASA to put another man on the moon by 2020, but NASA has been plagued with problems recently... I'm no expert, but I'd guess around 10 years down the line, at least. The amount of preparation work and money they need will take lots of time to gather.
MBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2648 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5404 times:
Quoting Moose135 (Reply 4): I was a 9-year-old kid, glued to the TV for days watching the mission. Something I will remember all my life, what an amazing accomplishment!
We are the exact same age and I remember it like it was yesterday. The television images were pretty grainy, but I didn't care.
I was completely enamored with the space program from the time I was three years old. I would draw pictures of the Gemini rockets, cut them out, and get up early in the morning to watch them launch. When the rockets shed a stage or a booster, I would use a pair of scissors to cut the stage off my simulated, paper model.
Dreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 9185 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5314 times:
To those who might be interested, in honor of the 40th anniversary, TCM is running a bunch of 50s and 60s movies about travelling to the moon (and meeting the inevitable inhabitants). Some cheezy stuff, but kinda cool.
One thing to note - Movies always tend to exagurate available technology. Look at some of these movies, and realize that the technology they had for Mercury and Gemini was even worse!
Oh yes and there are the conspiracy nutjobs who believe that Steven Kubrick faked the Apollo Moon Landings while the Astronauts really landed on the Moon but it was the fake landing directed by Kubrick that was shown on TV because of Flying Saucers on the Moon at the time of the Apollo 11 landing!
Victrola From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 582 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5211 times:
I remember that day clearly. It was quite exciting. I lived in the San Fernando valley and it seemed as if the father's of half of the kids in school were somehow involved in the project.
What strikes me about that time is that everyone thought that a mission to Mars was just a few decades away. If you asked someone about a mission to Mars in 1969 most people would have said that we would certainly have made it there by 2009. No it seems doubtful if we will even get there in the next 40 years. Granted we were naive and optimistic at that time.
ER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2740 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5187 times:
Yes, I was alive - was 14 years old and remember quite clearly watching the whole thing on a black & white TV. Not that it mattered, the feed was black & white (and quite fuzzy) so even a color TV would have shown it in B&W. Absolutely the greatest moment on TV ever - nothing else could come close. One of the great moments in human history, maybe the greatest.
But that's a topic for a new thread.....
Great anecdote related to that... this one moon landing denier, Bart Sibrel, had the stupidity to go up to Buzz Aldrin at a public event and accuse him of being a coward and a liar. Keep in mind that Aldrin is in his 70s and Sibrel's in his 30s.
Aldrin punched him in the face.
Hydrogen is an odorless, colorless gas which, given enough time, turns into people.
Ronglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 626 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5128 times:
I've previously described in another thread where I was and what I was doing on July 20, 1969.
But I thought I'd ask my wife what she was doing. It was in the middle of the Cultural Revolution in China. She was a 12-year-old kid from Shanghai visiting her cousins in Beijing.
They announced on the Chinese radio that "human beings" had landed on the moon.
Later, when people quietly discussed it amongst themselves, they agreed that it must have been the Americans who did it.
I asked my wife if she was excited by the news? No. I asked her if she then realised at that time that "our system" was better than "their system"? Again no!
San747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4994 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5080 times:
The most amazing thing to me when I think about the moon missions is this-
Scientists estimate that around 100 billion humans have lived and died since the species began. Every single thing, every single event, every single bit of history up until 1969 occurred right here on this big chunk of rock with water on it. For probably every single member of this forum, everything that will happen to you in your life will occur on this planet.
Those 12 people who walked the moon were the first people to ever experience anything completely independent of the Earth. They are the only people to say that they did something, or had something happen to them, on the surface of another body. For them, except for their ability to communicate via radio to Houston, when they were on the Moon, they WERE the human race, and for all intents and purposes, it was as if we on Earth no longer existed, if you get what I'm trying to say.
It seems like I'm pointing out the obvious, but the more I think about it, the more it instills me with awe. I'll be proud when we return in the next decade, though the cynical part of me thinks at least some of the renewed interest in returning is because China is flapping it's jaw talking about how they're planning to put someone up there.
FLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5068 times:
Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 20): They should be pummeled by some of the moon rocks NASA brought back.
Sad part is, moon rocks look just like earth rocks. I've seen plenty on museums all over the country. To be honest I was quite disappointed when I first saw one.
Hmmm, maybe the conspiracy theorists aren't wrong after all...
Quoting San747 (Reply 22): though the cynical part of me thinks at least some of the renewed interest in returning is because China is flapping it's jaw talking about how they're planning to put someone up there.
I hope next time around it doesn't end up being nothing more than just "Cold War 2" that returned us to the moon
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 11042 posts, RR: 35
Reply 24, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5066 times:
Why shouldn't China or Russia or any other country be the next to go to the Moon? If they put the work and the money into it I don't see why they shouldn't be there.
My idea would be that organizations such as NASA and ESA/Arianespace get together with the Japanese Space Agency and why not the Chinese to have a multi-nations project for the next Lunar (and Mars) human missions and foot the bill together. It would make sense considering the economic downturn.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
: To be honest, I think the Russians will have their hands full with keeping the ISS supplied for the coming years. However, they have just concluded a
: ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN.........ONE.....GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND........ Famous Words. regds MEL.
: Why do so many people, especially in other countries, still believe its a hoax after all this time??
: The politically incorrect answer is that most people in the world are idiots. I'm sure that someone else will translate this into something more pala
: Count me as one of the great disbelievers. We'll get there one day but not for another 40 -50 years at least.
: Please please PLEASE tell me you're being sarcastic
: You know a NASA lunar satellite just took pictures of the lander and debris remaining on the Moon, right? I'm more open to believing conspiracies tha
: What were hundreds of contractors and thousands of engineers working on then? The entire astronaut corps was training for a Hollywood production? The
: Ok, I'll bite. Just got two words for you: Prove it. If landings can not be proved, they can not be disproved either.
: Have you guys ever seen the TV show Mythbusters? They did a whole episode on the moon landing and if they really went or not. Here are some clips of t
: They just re-ran that Monday night, in honor of the landings...
: Just as long as you N American guys remember that we in Aus saw it before you did - about 0.3 seconds I think. Courtesy of Honeysuckle Creek.