|Quoting Fridgmus (Reply 3):|
Donald "Deke" Slayton as my all-time favorite! A better Stick & Rudder man there never was!
|Quoting Ba97 (Reply 8):|
If Apollo 10 failed in its mission. I think of the lunar docking as a key step it demonstrated and the chance the docking manouver after the lift off from the moon misfiring. Would 11 be another proving mission and 12 be available before year end?
|Quoting Ba97 (Reply 10):|
This leads me to a somewhat off topic question. Knowing the delicate nature of targetting the moon orbit and how a degree of slippage could be death, I was thinking of the horrific situation occurring that if the command module shot/wandered off into space and control back into a lunar or revised earth orbit (i.e. the trajectory of the shot to the moon was an elongated orbit so a reverse of that) was not happening, did NASA have a procedure/protocol? I can understand the concept of the issue of being trapped on the Moon and slowly losing air, food in total communication with earth. How far out would communications from earth extend to the command module as it drifted away?
|Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 4):|
Too bad Deke didn't fly more than he did. 1 flight - Got himself assigned to the last seat on the last apollo mission....
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