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We chose to go to the moon

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Starman, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    It was 50 years ago today.

    Our family watched on our 21 inch color screen, which we thought was hot stuff.

    Walter and Wally, the great PBP team of CBS.

     
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  2. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Oh ... perhaps in response to a concerned viewer email of a couple months ago ;), suddenly reavailable on HBO:

     
  3. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    Stoney and playthrough like this.
  4. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    I've watched the CNN special and last week's three-part "American Experience" on PBS and have been utterly fascinated. I was eight when it all happened so didn't quite grasp what was happening. And on top of that, my grandparents took me camping at Yosemite the weekend of the lunar landing. We heard the landing on the way back during a Giants-Dodgers game from Candlestick, the one Gaylord Perry famously hit his first home run in after touchdown. Saw the moonwalk in the basement of the other grandparents' house.
     
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  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    As soon as Apollo 11 made TLI, our family took off for a 2-day camping trip up north in the Michigan national forests, so I listened to most of the next couple of days on radio.

    We were driving home hell bent on Sunday afternoon to watch the moonwalk on teevee, so we listened to the landing live on car radio.
    I knew enough to understand some of the crew dialogue and some of the "47 forward" calls had me freaking out. (That meant they were coasting forward at about 30 mph.)
    And just like everybody including Neil and Buzz, I had no idea what a 1202 alarm was.
     
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  6. Raven

    Raven Active Member

    What is the best moon-landing documentary available? I've heard good things about the CNN one.
     
  7. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    The CNN special is excellent. The PBS series is very good.

    FTETTM is a drama movie series, but it sticks pretty close to history.
     
  8. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    Guy who runs my local insists the moon landing was faked. He also thinks the world is run by a group of seven families and that 9/11 was an inside job.
     
  9. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I've fuckin' annihilated some of those people the last couple years. I don't put up with that shit in public no more.
     
  10. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Not to rain on the achievement, it remains this countries greatest achievement - but does anyone think this program would span multiple presidential administrations and be funded if it wasn't a defacto nuclear contest between the US and Russia to show who had the bigger rocket?
     
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  11. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Probably not.

    Ironically, the reasons the Soviets leaped out to a big early lead in the space race was that their nukes were bigger, heavier, clunkier, and they had to build their ICBMs bigger with much greater lifting capacity.

    So they were able to get bigger spacecraft in orbit sooner.

    In the actual technological arms race, the US was far, far ahead. Which
    came to be a major factor as they moved through Gemini and Apollo and miniaturization became more important.
     
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  12. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    Not a documentary exactly, but I just finished up “13 minutes to the moon” a BBC broadcast about the whole Apollo program leading up to 11, but specifically about the 13 minutes leading to the landing.

    It has great interviews, fresh ones with everyone you’d want (except Aldrin) and great archival audio, from the missions and from living history interviews with guys who’ve died. And it breaks that all down in excellent ways, really talking a lot about the capsule, the computer, the plan, the astronauts in ways I haven’t always heard.

    Ha, I didn’t help make it. Just finished a 2,400 mile work road trip and was really impressed with it.
     
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