DSKY-DSKY Him Sad: Official ILB Thread For The Heroic Age of Manned Spaceflight

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Based on recent readings by myself and the real James of ILB, James Morrison, of Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight, by Margaret Lazarus Dean and Ian Sales Apollo Quartet series, the latter of which does a very satisfying job of mixing alternate history with real Apollo hardware and jargon as well as making an concerted effort to describe what it felt like to be a part of it, to walk on the moon and hear your own breathing inside your helmet and your spacesuit, to have difficulty bending your knees or fingers inside that spacesuit despite the reduced lunar gravity.

If I am including fiction I suppose I should definitely count the relevant Ballard Memories of The Space Age stories although I haven't read them all, because I think he also took pains to think hard about the real space program, albeit the filter of his unique imagination, focusing on it being gone, like Raymond William's on the organic society.

Give 'Em Enough Rope Mother (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 20 June 2015 17:11 (four years ago) link

The Margaret Lazarus Dean book mines a couple of interesting veins as she deftly compares her experiences watching space shuttle launches with that of Oriana Fallaci and Norman Mailer writing about the Apollo missions as well as befriending a NASA employee and his dad, a 30-year veteran of the shuttle program and respectfully telling the parts of their story she has access to. For me the parts involving the dad is some of the more interesting and affecting in the book,.

Give 'Em Enough Rope Mother (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 20 June 2015 17:15 (four years ago) link

Here is some stuff I put on from RIP Neil Armstrong, there are some other recommends from others an that thread as well

After the good book with the title Moonshot, the one by Dan Parry, I read Moondust, by Andrew Smith, where he interviews all the surviving moonwalkers and tries to find out what it was like- rave review from Arthur C. Clarke and J. G. Ballard! Then Andrew Chaikin's A Man On The Moon, which is kind of a standard work that narrates all the Apollo missions which, although it has its longueurs when they are on the ground, does a really good job once they are in flight. Then the most excellent How Apollo Flew to the Moon, by W. David Woods, which goes into as much technical as you could want without reading the actual NASA manuals. Paged through Al Worden's Falling to Earth, saving up Mike Collin's Carrying The Fire, which is supposed to be the best of the "nose cone histories."

― Albee Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, December 31, 2012 9:44 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Mike Collins. Lately my apostrophes have started floating in microgravity.

― Albee Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, December 31, 2012 9:45 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Did not read Gene Cernan's book or Chris Kraft's, nor Deke!, although the last is supposed to be pretty good. Nor 2012's Forever Young.

Give 'Em Enough Rope Mother (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 20 June 2015 17:22 (four years ago) link

I've got to get that Oriana Fallaci book. I'd never heard of it before reading Leaving Orbit, but it sounds marvellous.

James Redd, I can also recommend a film to you, 'Apollo 18', about a secret 18th Apollo mission, that finds hostile lifeforms on the Moon. Very, very good on all the 1970s tech and so forth, if a bit flawed because of being yet another "found-footage" movie.

Another excellent book is Jed Mercurio's 'Ascent', a novel about a Soviet Korean War pilot turned cosmonaut who is selected for a secret Moon mission to beat the US.

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Sunday, 21 June 2015 08:47 (four years ago) link

great thread title, btw

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Sunday, 21 June 2015 08:48 (four years ago) link

thx. Just read about two thirds of Ascent -can't put it down- and it is indeed excellent and perfect for this thread. The Korean War flying stuff reminded me a lot of the late James Salter's The Hunters, which obviously takes place on the other side of the Yalu River.

Yes, I loved The Hunters, and Ascent really captured the same atmosphere well.

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Tuesday, 23 June 2015 08:26 (four years ago) link

Ten pages left - will he make it?

it's... complicated

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Wednesday, 24 June 2015 03:19 (four years ago) link

*finishes, claps*

I knew that was going to happen.

That really hit the spot, thanks so much for Thw recommendation, James.

My pleasure. it's a great book, weirdly little-known. But just beautifully done.

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Thursday, 25 June 2015 00:41 (four years ago) link

read both leaving orbit and ascent on a long flight a couple of days ago - thanks for the recommendations, guys, i really enjoyed both of them. i'll be visiting the kennedy space center in a few weeks and leaivng orbit was the perfect prep.

bizarro gazzara, Saturday, 27 June 2015 15:16 (four years ago) link

Please report back on your visit.

Help Me, Zond 4 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 27 June 2015 15:53 (four years ago) link

will do!

bizarro gazzara, Sunday, 28 June 2015 05:54 (four years ago) link

I so want to get into the vehicle assembly building!

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Monday, 29 June 2015 23:58 (four years ago) link

You know, I first became vaguely aware of Mercurio when I saw his JFK book on the new arrival shelf in the library. Was not in the mood to read that one at the time and wasn't sure he would be able to make it work, but dimly recall thinking I would want to read the one about the cosmonaut.

How I Wrote Matchstick Men (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 4 July 2015 17:11 (four years ago) link

Yeah, the jfk one didnt appeal, but his first book, Bodies, is very good

I just picked up a copy of Ascent from my local public library. Looking forward to being gripped.

Aimless, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 01:37 (four years ago) link

Have no idea whether it will be your cup of tea, but definitely interested to hear your opinion, as always.

How I Wrote Matchstick Men (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 July 2015 23:34 (four years ago) link

Started reading it last night. The Korean War has ended and our hero has just been banished to the Arctic.

It is hardboiled in a way that I find only moderately engaging, as opposed to, say Hammett or Chandler, but I just finished 400pp of late-stage Henry James, so this is a welcome change regardless. It's short enough I am sure I'll stick to the end.

Aimless, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 23:47 (four years ago) link

You might prefer The Hunters. Salter writes of manly doings with little trace of macho posturing, having a warmer side that is pretty deftly managed, never feeling fake or forced.

How I Wrote Matchstick Men (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 July 2015 00:09 (four years ago) link

He is such good writer that it is kind of intimidating to try to say anything about him without feeling that one is not measuring up to his standard and damning him with faint praise.

How I Wrote Matchstick Men (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 July 2015 00:21 (four years ago) link

I enjoyed Ascent, but it was pretty obvious to me that the book was conceived as an ending in search of a beginning. Mercurio succeeded well enough in finding the beginning he needed that the book hops past some questionable transitions and gets you to the payoff ending. It's not the kind of book that requires pondering, so I won't inflict any on ILB. Suffice it to say I was adequately entertained.

Aimless, Friday, 10 July 2015 18:39 (four years ago) link

Glad you liked it even that much.

Askeladden Sane (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 11 July 2015 01:21 (four years ago) link

read the first three of ian sale's apollo quartet and half of the fourth on another long flight, again thanks to this thread.

i enjoyed the first two a fair bit, thought the third fizzled out a bit (and i wasn't entirely convinced by the characterisation of jerrie cobb, especially her christianity) and i'm struggling a bit with the self-conscious authorial interjections in the fourth. it's true he's definitely good on the tactile, sensory parts of spacefaring, but i wish he'd been a bit less obvious with flashing the fruits of his research via namechecking bits of equipment and endless acronyms.

bizarro gazzara, Monday, 13 July 2015 12:25 (four years ago) link

From Subterranean Press:

https://d3pdrxb6g9axe3.cloudfront.net/uploads/The_Top_of_the_Volcano_by_Harlan_Ellison_500_719.jpg

We've just received a number of copies of Harlan Ellison's The Top of the Volcano back from one of our wholesale account. Some are perfect, some are slightly worn. We'll put new dust jackets on copies to bring them up to snuff, and are happy to offer them at only $25 per copy, a wholly great price for an oversize hardcover that clocks in north of 500 pages.

Have at them! Think I'll keep an eye peeled for *even* cheaper

dow, Monday, 13 July 2015 19:43 (four years ago) link

Sorry, wrong thread!

dow, Monday, 13 July 2015 19:44 (four years ago) link

Lol. Just don't let HE find out or he just might try to shut us down.

Crawling From The Blecchage (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 13 July 2015 19:47 (four years ago) link

Agree that the first two AQ books were the best and that there was a dip afterwards. Third one veered close to being the most obvious alternate history 101 inversion and therefore seemed the slightest. Fourth one though I thought was a satisfying wrap up of the whole thing and brought together a bunch of interesting stuff- golden age sf, women in sf, astronauts and their wives and nurses and Vehicle Assembly Buildings.

Crawling From The Blecchage (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 July 2015 18:00 (four years ago) link

The more I read/think about the US manned space program the more depressing it is that such a vast, science-driven, hugely expensive state-funded enterprise was possible back then, mere decades ago, but not now when it's needed vs climate change

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Friday, 24 July 2015 04:59 (four years ago) link

if only putin would threaten to solve climate change

difficult listening hour, Friday, 24 July 2015 06:13 (four years ago) link

yeah, what better way to reverse global warming than a cold war?

just picked up mike collins' carrying the fire, andrew chaikin's a man on the moon: the voyages of the apollo astronauts, and deborah cadbury's space race: the battle to rule the heavens. hoping to get them all finished before i make it to the kennedy space centre in a couple of weeks. which reminds me, i need to see if i can get tickets to have lunch with an astronaut while i'm there...

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 24 July 2015 08:43 (four years ago) link

the cold war was prosecuted because the political and military leaders of the USA felt that the USSR was an existential threat to the nation, whereas climate change is merely an existential threat to the entire world.

Aimless, Friday, 24 July 2015 16:51 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

finished a man on the moon: the voyages of the apollo astronauts a couple of days ago and i'm about halfway through carrying the fire at the moment. a man on the moon is a really good run-through of the apollo programme, based on late-80s interviews with most of the main players. chaikin sketches the characters of the astronauts really well and it gave me a much better appreciation of the achievements of the later missions. chaikin is also excellent at conveying the sensations of space travel: what it's like to wear a pressure suit on an eva, what moon dust smells like, etc

carrying the fire is fantastic so far - collins is a good writer with a dry wit, and he does a great job of delving into the roles each astronaut played in the development of apollo as well as explaining some of the technical aspects of spaceflight in an understandable way.

i also rewatched my blu-ray of for all mankind, which never ceases to make me emotional.

i'm off to the kennedy space center tomorrow. kinda think i might keel over at the sight of a saturn v or a shuttle.

bizarro gazzara, Monday, 10 August 2015 01:11 (four years ago) link

saw the shuttle atlantis, cried

awesome

bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 11 August 2015 00:15 (four years ago) link

Do tell

Eternal Return To Earth (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 August 2015 00:34 (four years ago) link

sure!

atlantis has its own building at the space centre, and nasa has carefully stage-managed your experience before you see it for real for the first time. you watch a short dramatisation of the shuttle development process, then a really gorgeous montage of shuttle mission footage on a massive screen. then the screen lifts and behind it is the atlantis, lit dramatically and tilted on its side with the cargo bay doors open.

https://scontent-mia1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/t31.0-8/11864981_10153461127620638_7060066314462098229_o.jpg

it's smaller than i'd have guessed but it's absolutely gorgeous, all flowing, elegant lines contrasting with a surface which is pockmarked and rough-edged from 33 visits to space. the sight of it hit me like a ton of bricks and i was instantly teary. i spent a lot of time as a kid reading and thinking about the orbiters - i was six when the challenger disaster happened and i vividly remember crying while watching it on the tv - but i was still surprised by how moving it was to see a shuttle for real.

there's also an amazing full-scale model of the hubble telescope in there, along with some replica space suits:

https://scontent-mia1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/11816230_10153461126845638_808564544352120920_o.jpg

we also took a trip in the space shuttle simulator, which is cool as hell and does what feels like a reasonable job of recreating the experience of blasting off into orbit, including the lying-on-your-back wait for takeoff. then we took a guided bus tour around various locations including the mindbogglingly huge vehicle assembly building, which is every bit as massive as i expected and more, and launch complex 39, from which apollo and space shuttle missions took off and which is now leased to spacex:

https://scontent-mia1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/t31.0-8/11865348_10153461124950638_7321524299771301802_o.jpg

then we stopped off at the saturn v / apollo building to take a look at the actual control room from apollo 8:

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and the saturn v stack, which is as intimidatingly huge as the shuttle is compact and friendly. it takes up a whole building and it is fucking massive:

https://scontent-mia1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/t31.0-8/11856340_10153461124100638_2890088577621426801_o.jpg

even with a super-wide lens i couldn't fit the whole thing into the frame. it's insane and inspiring and terrifying to think that there's two million working parts in it, any one of which could malfunction and stop a launch (explosively or otherwise):

https://scontent-mia1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/t31.0-8/11807191_10153461123510638_216552785613825137_o.jpg

also on display: the apollo 14 command module and al shepard's moon-dust-crusted space suit:

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i have a million other pictures and things to say but this is too long already. it was an incredible experience and i loved every second of it.

bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 11 August 2015 01:33 (four years ago) link

I am so envious. Lovely write-up!

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Tuesday, 11 August 2015 06:37 (four years ago) link

thanks! one more thing: I was convinced at first the mercury and gemini capsules we saw must have been scale models, but nope, they actually are incredibly small and claustrophobic. mike collins called the gemini 'a flying men's room' - doing 14 days in orbit in a space only very slightly larger than the seat you're in while having to go to the bathroom right next to your copilot seems like a special kind of hell.

bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:34 (four years ago) link

i meant to say how much i love the photos, too. is the spacesuit behind glass? I assume there's no way of touching it, getting a little bit of moon on your fingertips...

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Wednesday, 12 August 2015 02:10 (four years ago) link

yeah, it's behind glass unfortunately. there is a little chunk of moon rock you can touch, though!

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 14 August 2015 00:10 (four years ago) link

if you've got the time, this massive five-part waitbutwhy.com piece on spacex's history and insane future ambitions is definitely worth a read: How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars

bizarro gazzara, Wednesday, 19 August 2015 08:28 (four years ago) link

i finished mike collins' autobio recently - it's really fantastic. goes in to a massive amount of detail about his flights but it's never dull or difficult to follow, and his occasional slightly catty asides about the other apollo astronauts are amusing (he really seemed to have it in for donn eisele for some reason)

i'm about halfway through deborah cadbury's space race: the battle to rule the heavens, which focuses on the work of wernher von braun and sergei korolev. there's a fantastic action-adventure movie waiting to be made about the race of the allied powers to track down and win over german rocket scientists after wwii ended, which cadbury goes over in detail in the opening chapters. she very effectively communicates the utter horror of the slave camps which produced the v-2 rockets, which i didn't know much about - 60,000 slaves worked on the programme, subsisting on 1,000 calories a day which the nazis calculated would keep them alive for six months. 20,000 of them died.

the thought that the heroic age of manned spaceflight was built on the horror of slave labour is something i knew about but reading about it in some detail is still pretty horrible.

bizarro gazzara, Wednesday, 19 August 2015 08:39 (four years ago) link

I have a faint memory of that Clooney movie 'The Good German' looking as though it was going to be that film, and then going off into other, much more boring, directions

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Thursday, 20 August 2015 00:49 (three years ago) link

there's a fantastic action-adventure movie waiting to be made about the race of the allied powers to track down and win over german rocket scientists after wwii ended

it's gravity's rainbow

korolev had quite a story iirc. the revered father of soviet rocketry, called "the designer" like someone's called the godfather, died of complications following surgery that could not be successfully completed because of injuries sustained decades earlier in the gulag.

solzhenitsyn's the first circle a not-bad tolstovian novel about the relatively comfortable (as in, not actually designed to kill you) scientist-slave gulag camps. some truly nightmarish meetings about deadlines.

playlists of pensive swift (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 20 August 2015 01:28 (three years ago) link

You just reminded me of this novel, http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/feb/26/konstantin-tom-bullough-review, about Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the first great Russian rocket scientist: it was very good
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantin_Tsiolkovsky)

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Thursday, 20 August 2015 05:26 (three years ago) link

i've read and enjoyed gravity's rainbow but i dunno if 'fantastic action-adventure movie' would be my main choice of descriptor for it

called "the designer" like someone's called the godfather

the CHIEF designer no less!

never read the first circle, i'll add it to the list

bizarro gazzara, Thursday, 20 August 2015 08:22 (three years ago) link

Apollo 18 is on Netflix but expiring on the 2nd, so watching now. Thanks for the extensive reporting, bg.

Exile's Return To Sender (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 30 August 2015 21:25 (three years ago) link

Flight we’re GO on the alarm

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 July 2019 23:12 (four weeks ago) link

we’re breathing again

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 July 2019 23:14 (four weeks ago) link

Everything’s going swimmingly

Ask Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 20 July 2019 23:15 (four weeks ago) link

Hey, this is just like a simulation

Ask Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 20 July 2019 23:24 (four weeks ago) link

Be advised there's lots of smiling faces in this room and all over the world. Over.

Well, there are two of them up here.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 July 2019 23:30 (four weeks ago) link

ILX, Tranquility Blecch here.

Ask Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 20 July 2019 23:43 (four weeks ago) link

(With that I killed all life on the thread )

Ask Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 21 July 2019 00:08 (four weeks ago) link

lol

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 21 July 2019 00:13 (four weeks ago) link

We’re on attitude hold

Ask Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 21 July 2019 01:09 (four weeks ago) link

he's on the porch!

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Sunday, 21 July 2019 02:52 (four weeks ago) link

One small blecch for a mayne, one giant steen for a history mayne

Ask Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 21 July 2019 14:41 (four weeks ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_5imOMXYAATZgv.jpg

mark s, Sunday, 21 July 2019 18:10 (four weeks ago) link

RIP Chris Kraft?(person with a great real name)

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:20 (three weeks ago) link

? Was fat-fingered misfire of the gas jet

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:21 (three weeks ago) link

Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 01:25 (three weeks ago) link

RIP. That was a dude who got things done.

There’s a doc on Prime about the Apollo mission control guys and Kraft seemed like the epitome of an oldschool hardass boss. Even in old age he seemed like he still could put a verbal walloping on you if he wanted to.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 02:03 (three weeks ago) link

not long now til splashdown.

currently 17k nautical miles from earth and about to hit 10,000 mph, ten thousand. i guess they have been travelling downhill for 3 days with no wind resistence.

koogs, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 14:43 (three weeks ago) link

same tbh

Welshy's Lean Bulk - ****loads of pics (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 24 July 2019 14:44 (three weeks ago) link

The astronauts donned the BIGs, jumped into the raft, and, as rehearsed, began spraying and scrubbing themselves down with disinfectant.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 July 2019 15:08 (three weeks ago) link

20k mph

koogs, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 16:23 (three weeks ago) link

Apollo 16's John Young on the perils of digestion in space: pic.twitter.com/BZ7oOMTgV3

— Caustic Cover Critic (@Unwise_Trousers) July 24, 2019

I believe there a section of, um, Carrying the Fire devoted to this sort of thing

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 25 July 2019 03:15 (three weeks ago) link

https://secure.i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02320/b4_2320129k.jpg

(just hadn't seen this photo before)

koogs, Thursday, 25 July 2019 11:23 (three weeks ago) link

get a load of these these nerds, smdh

another no-holds-barred Tokey Wedge adventure for men (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 25 July 2019 11:26 (three weeks ago) link

VERB 73

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 25 July 2019 13:16 (three weeks ago) link

Or
DSKY, Return to Earth now, please.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 25 July 2019 13:17 (three weeks ago) link

We are live here at the Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) on the USS Hornet as President Nixon stands outside the window and jokes with the three astronauts.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 25 July 2019 13:59 (three weeks ago) link

imagine getting back from the moon and the first thing you have to do after splashdown is make small-talk with nixon

another no-holds-barred Tokey Wedge adventure for men (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 25 July 2019 14:00 (three weeks ago) link

20 people in the quarantine with them when they got back to the facility. neil had his birthday in there

https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/4s73HuWD5UTT5XXPxKLpGC-650-80.jpg

koogs, Thursday, 25 July 2019 15:16 (three weeks ago) link

That picture is great.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 27 July 2019 02:42 (three weeks ago) link

Adam West and Neil Armstrong, separated at birth.

Ha, exactly

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:20 (two weeks ago) link

Stand by for ullage.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:20 (two weeks ago) link

It looks to me, looking out of the hatch, that we are venting something out into space.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 3 August 2019 01:52 (two weeks ago) link

https://i.gifer.com/ObML.gif

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 3 August 2019 02:16 (two weeks ago) link

Are you a Pod or a MOCR?

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 3 August 2019 14:53 (two weeks ago) link

This story of the too-close Service Module during reentry is, um, sobering. The new book it comes from is pretty well done, from what I have read so far.
https://amp.businessinsider.com/classified-apollo-11-anomaly-threatened-to-crash-first-moon-astronauts-2019-6

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 August 2019 05:11 (two weeks ago) link

The author conducted new interviews with a few dozen engineers as well as taking a deep dive into the archives. She does a great job of telling new stories from the engineering/ systems perspective as well as more familiar stories, such as the one about Neil Armstrong going back to the office after he bailed out of the LLTV.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 August 2019 05:49 (two weeks ago) link

/streetteam

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 August 2019 05:50 (two weeks ago) link

Tindallgrams to thread!

Another Fule Clickin’ In Your POLL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 00:03 (one week ago) link


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