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    btw this Real Time link is one of the coolest things I've ever seen and if there were nothing else on the internet it would be worth it.

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    I'm listening on the left side (there's a mike symbol below the info screen. That gives flight, crew and Public Affairs. I'm on a computer, not a tablet or mobile device. The latter two only give audio. I'd pick flight.
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    I'm mostly watching on my PS4 through the YouTube app. The only view we get is "photography" with the official transcript in the lower left. Almost all of the Mission Control Channels are lit up.

    10,794 feet per *second* is the current velocity. That would be like me being at home, blinking my eyes and when they open I'm at the mall. Unreal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    Did you stick mice in as payloads?

    Or are you the only little boy who didn't.

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    I honestly believe we will live to see the first human walk on Mars. Of course, she'll be Chinese.
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    I will admit thought to being a bit of an adolescent pyromaniac and attempted to rig up a couple of exploding rockets though. It never went well.

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    I didn't see the launch.

    I didn't see the moon landing, but I remember us kids running around the neighborhood like dorky kids, repeating, "The Eagle has landed. The Eagle has landed."

    As for the moon walk, originally it was going to be late at night, and my parents were going to wake us. Then, they moved it up. Then, there were all these delays, so essentially it was late at night again. We all played Monopoly up to the time they were actually going to start getting out of the LM.

    My parents made me go to bed before they planted the flag. I remember I was mad, because I really wanted to see that.

    EDIT: One other thing. How could I forget? A couple of years ago for work where my company is a key player in the James Web Telescope, I was sent to the Johnson Space Center in Houston (technically, Webster) to help get a chamber ready for long term testing of JWEST. This is one of if not the largest chamber in the world where back in the day they used for human training for astronauts in space like conditions (vacuum, temperature, etc.). There is a plaque next to it establishing it as an historic landmark.

    To know I was working in the same building and chamber that was a key part of the Apollo missions left me awestruck.
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    Doesn't this topic belong in the "Conspiracy Theory du jour" thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    Doesn't this topic belong in the "Conspiracy Theory du jour" thread.
    I heard Kubrick was a perfectionist, so he demanded they shoot on location.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissThundercat View Post
    I heard Kubrick was a perfectionist, so he demanded they shoot on location.
    Perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissThundercat View Post
    I heard Kubrick was a perfectionist, so he demanded they shoot on location.
    Is that like when "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron was asked by a reporter, "Was it complicated to shoot in space?"

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    Re: Apollo 11 - 50 years on.

    Listening to the TELCOM channel right now which seems to have the most amount of chatter. In a bit the crew will talk about having a PB& J sandwich.

    Current comment from Collins:

    It's working good so far, Charlie. We've got one installed on the water gun and the other one installed on the spigot down in the LEB, and we - mention one problem with them is that they leak at the junction between the food bag and the water filter. However, with that exception, they seem to be working pretty good. We were getting some gas through initially, and I think that was just getting the system purged out to begin with; and the last tube-full we poured was almost free of bubbles. Over.
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    Roger. Sounds good. We'll check in on that problem with the SPAN guys and let you know in the morning. If you have to call us tonight, we'd like you to do it on DOWNVOICE BACKUP. We're configuring the MSFN for that mode; and as far as we can see, you're cleared for some Z's. Over.
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    TV transmission coming up in about 5 minutes
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    I still think about putting a human on a celestial body and returning him safely is almost impossible to fathom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJHovey View Post

    But for a young kid, there were a couple of memories that stand out. First, I remember thinking "why are they waiting so long to get out" after they landed on the moon? Isn't it like a car, where you open the door and get out?
    I remember my parents made me come in from outside to watch the broadcast (thanks mom & dad) and thinking the exact same thing. It seemed to take forever for Armstrong to step outside

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    Watch the opening scenes from E1 of PBS' Chasing the Moon series. Goosebumps.
    Great series. One thing they didn't make clear: How did these guys fit their humongous ball into such a small capsule? Man, the courage it took to do what they did is unbelievable.
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    This is Apollo Control 17 hours 33 minutes Ground Elapsed Time. Apollo 11 now some 79,700 nautical miles out from Earth at a velocity of 6,320 feet per second. Telemetry display for the crew biomedical readings now shows all three men in a fairly deep sleep. The mean heart rates in the 40's for all three men. Command Module cabin pressure holding at 4.7 pounds per square inch. Cabin temperature is 63 degrees. No measurements on the Lunar Module in terms of cabin pressure in as much as the Lunar Module has not been activated and will not be until shortly before entering Lunar orbit and the first manning for the module is checked out, systems are checked out and closed back up again. Spacecraft analysis reports coming out of the back room here in Mission Control Center read like some of the ones in Apollo 10 toward the end of the mission when they were down to one page. And most of the entries are all systems performance normal, systems operation normal, no change from last report, et cetera, et cetera. In the spacecraft fuel cell, performance is normal. And the load sharing is shown within 3.2 amps. Cryogenic hydrogen and oxygen quantities now show total oxygen at 558 pounds, 279 pounds in each of the two tanks, 49 pounds of cryogenic hydrogen, 24.2 pounds in Tank 1, 24.8 in Tank 2. And the cryogenic system is performing normal. At 17 hours 36 minutes Ground Elapsed Time, this is Apollo Control.
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    Only thing I wish they would add is a small graphic that would show which stage the spacecraft is in as they progress. I realize there would't be much change for a majority of the trip, but still I think it would be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slap Shot View Post
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    "Heart rates in the 40s"

    Traveling better than a mile per second in a tiny rocket and their heart rates are in the 40s. I walk to the mailbox and my pulse gets up to 80.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticapnews View Post
    "Heart rates in the 40s"

    Traveling better than a mile per second in a tiny rocket and their heart rates are in the 40s. I walk to the mailbox and my pulse gets up to 80.
    Your heart rate goes down in zero-gravity, and they were sleeping. But yes mine would probably still be around 60.

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    Your heart rate goes down in zero-gravity, and they were sleeping.
    I was gonna say if your heart rate is consistently in the 40s you're either a marathon runner or a very sick man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by state of hockey View Post
    Your heart rate goes down in zero-gravity, and they were sleeping. But yes mine would probably still be around 60.
    Interstellar travel is nice and all, but it can't compare to the excitement of walking in my driveway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    I was gonna say if your heart rate is consistently in the 40s you're either a marathon runner AND a very sick man.
    FYP- Marathon runners are not normal people.

    Still, the era that these guys were test pilots was in an era that the very first time a concept was tried in real full scale was not a model. They had to learn how to solve problems in real time just to come home safely. And I do think that many of the flight controllers came from a background where they were on the other side of the mic helping to solve those problems- thus they were cool, calm, and collected too.

    To make something so dramatic and difficult sound so very boring take some serious skill and confidence.

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