Apollo 11 really helped us all out. It landed today, fifty years ago. There is a lot of publicity on it right now. The NRP report just now mentioned that Apollo proved out the computer chip technology that was developed specifically for the moon shots. Without Apollo, our chips may have come much, much later. By the time Apollo 11 landed, it's computer chip was already out-of-date. So as you type on your keyboard, think about that.
By the way, talking about keyboards, Apollo did not have a keyboard as we know it. The Apollo 8 mission on the NOVA program talked extensively about the computer, and the keyboard (or lack thereof). Instead of a keyboard, they had alfabetical and numeric punch buttons, each combination of which represented a pre-programmed computer program (such as the one for the burn to get into lunar orbit).
The display and keyboard (DSKY) interface of the Apollo Guidance Computer mounted on the control panel of the command module, with the flight director attitude indicator (FDAI) above
Partial list of numeric codes for verbs and nouns in the Apollo Guidance Computer, printed for quick reference on a side panel
There was one program which would erase all the data for positioning, and replace it with the computer thinking it was on the launch pad getting ready to launch. The engineers thought no one would punch that into the computer, but it happened on the return of Apollo 8. The astronauts took over manually, and reprogrammed the computer with data on current positions.
Now. as we dive, even vintage divers have dive computers which calculate our depth/time/decompression algorythm and keep us safe for even deep dives. Think about that bit of history too.
Post by Ol' Mossback on Jul 21, 2019 10:54:53 GMT -8
John, you mentioned our fancy high dollar dive computers evolving from the onboard computer of 11.....I understood that the Commodore 64 computer that came out shortly after that mission had more capability than the onboard Comp. I presume then, the current crop of dive computers have even more capability......heck, those fancy wrist worn cell phones are way beyond even that!.....Dick Tracy would be proud!
Ol' Mossback There are several ways to skin a cat, but first you need a cat. Preferably a dead cat. It is easier that way. My Cousin Sam Clemems. If you want to be someone, be yourself: but if you want to be a Pirate, be a Pirate. Capt. Jack Sparrow
"There is no 'After the War' for a fighter pilot." Raoul Lufbery; Pilot, Ace, Lafayette Escadrille
I read Gene Cernan's bio, and he was talking about Aldrin taking way more credit than he deserves for the idea of neutral buoyancy training. The Cernan bio talks about how absolutely terrifying it was doing those first space walks until they figured it all out and Aldrin made it look so easy. Ed white, who died in the Apollo-I fire was the first to walk in space, then Michael Collins, no not the Irish patriot , but Collins was the second, all were scary.
Aldrin was bitter about not getting to be the first man to step on the moon, he wouldn't take the camera from Armstrong, so all the images are of Aldrin on the moon that were shot from the Hasselblad-camera.
My wife and I find it endlessly funny about the jerk who was dogging Aldrin about the moon landing being a hoax--he was the worst person possible to chose, POW! He pasted him but good right in the chops and the judge threw the case out but fast!
Very exciting stuff and lots more to find out, but I'm sure there's lots that will go to the grave with them!
I just heard this morning of Chris Craft's passing. He was a national treasure. It was Chris Craft's team that put together the Jerry-rigged CO2 scrubber which allowed the Apollo XIII crew to make it back to earth. "Failure is NOT an option!"
John C. Ratliff Diving since 1959, at age 13. Haven't stopped, and still enjoy getting wet.
I stand corrected, and it's great to learn new stuff:
Kranz has become associated with the phrase "failure is not an option." It was uttered by actor Ed Harris, playing Kranz, in the 1995 film Apollo 13. Kranz then used it as the title of his 2000 autobiography. Later it became the title of a 2004 television documentary about NASA, as well as of that documentary's sequel, Beyond the Moon: Failure Is Not an Option 2. Since then, it has entered general parlance as a motivational phrase. Kranz travels all over the world giving a motivational lecture titled "Failure Is Not an Option," including the historic Apollo 13 flight control room.
"Failure is not an option" was in fact coined by Bill Broyles, one of the screenwriters of Apollo 13, based on a similar statement made not by Kranz, but another member of the Apollo 13 mission control crew, FDO Flight Controller Jerry Bostick. According to Bostick:
As far as the expression 'Failure is not an option,' you are correct that Kranz never used that term. In preparation for the movie, the script writers, Al Reinart and Bill Broyles, came down to Clear Lake to interview me on "What are the people in Mission Control really like?" One of their questions was "Weren't there times when everybody, or at least a few people, just panicked?" My answer was "No, when bad things happened, we just calmly laid out all the options, and failure was not one of them. We never panicked, and we never gave up on finding a solution." I immediately sensed that Bill Broyles wanted to leave and assumed that he was bored with the interview. Only months later did I learn that when they got in their car to leave, he started screaming, "That's it! That's the tag line for the whole movie, Failure is not an option. Now we just have to figure out who to have say it." Of course, they gave it to the Kranz character, and the rest is history.
Kranz chose it as the title of his 2000 autobiography because he liked the way the line reflected the attitude of mission control. In the book, he states, "a creed that we [NASA's Mission Control Center] all lived by: 'Failure is not an option'," though the book does not indicate that the phrase is apocryphal
I had to laugh when I viewed that footage of Buz Aldrin punching the moon shot denier after that level of harassment. You simply don't want to do that to a guy who has shot down MIG fighters during the Koran War, much less walked on the moon!
Aldrin''s gun footage featured in Life Magazine.
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin., Jr., pilot of the Gemini 12 spaceflight, performs standup extravehicular activity during the first day of the 4-day mission in space. Command pilot for the Gemini 12 mission, the last in the Gemini series, was astronaut James A. Lovell, Jr. Gemini 12 is docked to the Agena Target Docking Vehicle in background.
Bart Sibrel incident On September 9, 2002, Aldrin was lured to a Beverly Hills hotel on the pretext of being interviewed for a Japanese children's television show on the subject of space. When he arrived, Moon landing conspiracy theorist Bart Sibrel accosted him with a film crew and demanded he swear on a Bible that the Moon landings were not faked. After a brief confrontation, during which Sibrel followed Aldrin despite being told to leave him alone, and called him "thief, liar and coward", the 72-year-old Aldrin punched Sibrel in the jaw, which was caught on camera by Sibrel's film crew. Aldrin stated that he had acted to defend himself and his stepdaughter. Witnesses stated that Sibrel had aggressively poked Aldrin with a Bible. Additional mitigating factors were that Sibrel sustained no visible injury and did not seek medical attention, and that Aldrin had no criminal record. The police declined to press charges against Aldrin. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzz_Aldrin
Post by scubalawyer on Jul 24, 2019 14:38:53 GMT -8
The speaker references the movie Capricorn One - Loved that flick! Stars that great actor OJ Simpson!
I SEE HOW IT IS. WHEN OTHER PEOPLE GO OUTSIDE IT'S "GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH" AND "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED." BUT WHEN I GO OUTSIDE IT'S A "CONTAINMENT BREACH" AND A "HIGH-LEVEL THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY." OK, BE THAT WAY.