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A Trip To The Moon

Postby Dave McElderry » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:37 am

Some of you may recall that I live just a few miles from the small town of Wapakoneta, OH, birthplace of Neil Armstrong. With the upcoming 50 year anniversary of the first moon landing, you can imagine the celebrations that are taking place at the museum and all around town. This is from our paper this morning. I think the showing of A Trip To The Moon is a nice touch, don't you?

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Re: A Trip To The Moon

Postby sidd finch » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:54 pm

Dave that is pretty cool. Well worth the watch. I must say I am getting caught up in the anniversary of the moon landing. PBS also has a 3 part episode called chasing the moon which is also quite goof.

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Re: A Trip To The Moon

Postby Steve Grisetti » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:56 pm

Very nice!

Though if you want a much more personal story, check out last year's "First Man", which really gives you a feel for how extraordinary these men were to travel half a million miles in somewhat primitive machines riding on top of controlled explosions.
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Re: A Trip To The Moon

Postby sidd finch » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:13 am

Found the trailer for that movie.



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Re: A Trip To The Moon

Postby Dave McElderry » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:25 am

AH! Thanks for that Sidd... now it clicked. Ryan Gosling. I definitely want to see that movie Steve.
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Re: A Trip To The Moon

Postby sidd finch » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:28 pm

We recently went to check out the USS Hornet CV12 which is the aircraft carrier that picked up the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 astronauts when they splashed down. The ship has one of the test capsules stationed on the ship that really gives you a sense of just how small the the capsule really is. The ship is absolutely Massive and is now a history Museum.

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Re: A Trip To The Moon

Postby sidd finch » Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:13 pm

If you get a chance to check out the PBS Chasing the Moon 3 part series it is pretty amazing.



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Re: A Trip To The Moon

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:21 am

sidd finch wrote:If you get a chance to check out the PBS Chasing the Moon 3 part series it is pretty amazing.Sidd

It is also available on the BBC iPlayer (for those that have access to it) as a six part mini-series. The link below is to part 1. :-D
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m ... y-part-one
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Re: A Trip To The Moon

Postby sidd finch » Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:25 am

Thanks John. The series is a wealth of information about the Moon landing especially the preparation leading up to Apollo and the the aftermath once the Astronauts got back to earth. I did not know that there was such a world wide outpouring upon their return. And how cool would it have been to have Neil Armstrong as your teacher in college...

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Re: A Trip To The Moon

Postby Dave McElderry » Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:09 am

sidd finch wrote:If you get a chance to check out the PBS Chasing the Moon 3 part series it is pretty amazing.

I eat this stuff up. I'll definitely look for it. BTW the CNN "Apollo 11" documentary is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. EST on the 20th. Going to try to not miss it if I can. :)
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Re: A Trip To The Moon

Postby Dave McElderry » Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:13 am

Steve Grisetti wrote:Though if you want a much more personal story, check out last year's "First Man", which really gives you a feel for how extraordinary these men were to travel half a million miles in somewhat primitive machines riding on top of controlled explosions.

Almost sprang to see that one at the theater, but will see it on pay per view one of these days. Have you seen it Steve?
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Re: A Trip To The Moon

Postby sidd finch » Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:50 am

Here is some cool trivia related to the moon landings:

1. The spacesuits were the work of Playtex, the company that gave America the “Cross Your Heart” bra in the 1960s. Playtex was very familiar with garments that had to be both form-fitting and flexible. Some of the layers of fabric in the suits were adapted directly from materials Playtex used in its bras and girdles.

2. The parachutes were made of fabric strong enough to slow the plunge of the capsule from 160 m.p.h. and float it gently to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean—and yet a square yard of parachute material weighed just one ounce. The parachutes were folded and packed by hand. During the Apollo missions in the 1960s and early 1970s, only three people in the country were trained, and then licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration, to fold Apollo parachutes.

3. The onboard computers for Apollo—one that flew the command module to the moon and back to earth, and another that flew the lunar module from orbit around the moon to a safe landing, then back up into orbit—were the smallest, fastest, most nimble computers ever created for their era. Apollo flight computer had a keyboard and worked instantly. In an era when people using the computers simply submitted their punch cards, and waited for the results from computer operators, the astronauts ran the Apollo flight computers themselves.

There is more at: https://www.history.com/news/moon-landi ... eld-rovers

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