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Message 1263201 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 3:11:45 UTC
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Do You remember where You were 43 years ago today? I'm sure 3 people on Earth do, they were either in orbit(Michael Collins in the Columbia Apollo 11 Command Module) or landing on the Moon in the Apollo 11 LEM, the Eagle(Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin)...

I was 9 years old living in Lomita CA, in a rented house at the end of a dead end street...
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Message 1263202 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 3:16:31 UTC

I was at a swim meet.
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Message 1263204 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 3:39:10 UTC

I was 17 and we were in Canada on vacation. The onwer of the campsite invited anyone who wanted to watch it up to his house. It was just my dad and I from our group who went.

It was a tiny tv, But it sure was something to see.
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Message 1263215 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 4:43:25 UTC

I was 13 and stayed up all night to watch and document every moment. I had an Oylmpus Pen F on a tripod and took photos of images being broadcast. I still have the slides I took.

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Message 1263218 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 5:01:17 UTC
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I have a special connection to Apollo 11, My Mom worked for a company named ChemAero here in CA, She did touchup on a plaque by microscope that's under the ladder to the Apollo 11 LEM Eagle(the landing stage), on it there was the names of 4 Astronauts, Michael Collins(Columbia Command Module Pilot), Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and President Richard M. Nixon(3-Official and 1-Honorary). I knew this as She brought home the pattern for it and at show and tell some kid stole it cause the Teacher would not put it Her desk, She said no one would touch it, yeah right, but trusting Her I put it with My lunch as She instructed, I should have not let go of it, but I was 9 years old then...

The pattern was made of metal(stainless steel I think, I was 9 remember), Mom said the one on the Moon is made of Copper...
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Message 1263223 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 5:15:06 UTC

Scanned one of my slides. Not that clear but this is the moment that man set foot on the moon. As taken by a 13 year old from the picture on TV.

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Message 1263235 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 5:57:38 UTC - in response to Message 1263223.

Held up a family vacation to Denmark. We should have left early in the morning.
Black and white, a gift from my Grandparents.
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Message 1263250 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 6:45:56 UTC
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I had followed the Apollo 11 launch on radio from a boat near Vernazza, Cinque Terre. I saw the landing at night on my small b/w TV set. The same day, while working at Mondadori Publishing House as a science editor, I was called from Epoca magazine and asked to translate the Apollo-Houston dialogue. I was given three secretaries who typed in turn while I was dictating. I translated 70 pages in 24 hours time and was rewarded with a 270,000 lira check and a letter of thanks from Giorgio Mondadori, one of Arnoldo's sons. With that, I payed one third of a new Fiat 128, my first car. So I remember Apollo 11.
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Message 1263286 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 9:26:00 UTC

I don't remember as I wasn't born yet. Must have been a great experience though.
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Message 1263293 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 10:17:15 UTC

I was 12 and they let us go home from school to watch the landing on TV.

Still rates as the biggest event in human history for me.

I was born in 1957, the beginning of the space age.
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Message 1263326 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 12:57:58 UTC - in response to Message 1263286.

I don't remember as I wasn't born yet. Must have been a great experience though.

For people nearby the Saturn V Rocket(the lowest stage of the Apollo rocket) was said to be loud upon takeoff and mind You nearby was several miles away, this was a really big slow rocket, bigger than anything today I think. One source said the rocket could be heard 15 miles away from cape Kennedy, plus the 1st stage detached and the the 2nd stage fired up the engines that were onboard at 165 miles down range. The Saturn V generated a sound level of 91 decibels from a distance of 9384m(or 5.83095 miles). (That number is from the NASA web site.)
Yes It was, of course to a golfer the moon is just the nearest large sandtrap once one leaves earth(which in color looks kind of tan or bronze, the surface of the moon that is, shadows were/are the blackest black I've ever seen, not enough atmosphere there to make light scatter), Yeah there's a golf ball up there, somewhere, in a later mission one of the astronauts smuggled a golf club up to the moon...
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Message 1263350 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 14:56:13 UTC - in response to Message 1263326.

I don't remember as I wasn't born yet. Must have been a great experience though.

For people nearby the Saturn V Rocket(the lowest stage of the Apollo rocket) was said to be loud upon takeoff and mind You nearby was several miles away, this was a really big slow rocket, bigger than anything today I think. One source said the rocket could be heard 15 miles away from cape Kennedy, plus the 1st stage detached and the the 2nd stage fired up the engines that were onboard at 165 miles down range. The Saturn V generated a sound level of 91 decibels from a distance of 9384m(or 5.83095 miles). (That number is from the NASA web site.)
Yes It was, of course to a golfer the moon is just the nearest large sandtrap once one leaves earth(which in color looks kind of tan or bronze, the surface of the moon that is, shadows were/are the blackest black I've ever seen, not enough atmosphere there to make light scatter), Yeah there's a golf ball up there, somewhere, in a later mission one of the astronauts smuggled a golf club up to the moon...



I would have loved to have been any where near that launch. Today's heavy lift is the Boeing Delta IV. I lived about 12 miles away from SLC 6 when one was launched. You don't just hear it, you feel it. And the Delta IV is about a third smaller than the Saturn 5.

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Message 1263357 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 15:19:47 UTC - in response to Message 1263350.

I don't remember as I wasn't born yet. Must have been a great experience though.

For people nearby the Saturn V Rocket(the lowest stage of the Apollo rocket) was said to be loud upon takeoff and mind You nearby was several miles away, this was a really big slow rocket, bigger than anything today I think. One source said the rocket could be heard 15 miles away from cape Kennedy, plus the 1st stage detached and the the 2nd stage fired up the engines that were onboard at 165 miles down range. The Saturn V generated a sound level of 91 decibels from a distance of 9384m(or 5.83095 miles). (That number is from the NASA web site.)
Yes It was, of course to a golfer the moon is just the nearest large sandtrap once one leaves earth(which in color looks kind of tan or bronze, the surface of the moon that is, shadows were/are the blackest black I've ever seen, not enough atmosphere there to make light scatter), Yeah there's a golf ball up there, somewhere, in a later mission one of the astronauts smuggled a golf club up to the moon...



I would have loved to have been any where near that launch. Today's heavy lift is the Boeing Delta IV. I lived about 12 miles away from SLC 6 when one was launched. You don't just hear it, you feel it. And the Delta IV is about a third smaller than the Saturn 5.

Me too, still there are close up pics of those mighty bells, And yes that is an actual moon rocket that was supposed to be Apollo 18 or maybe 19 or whatever, until the program got canceled, at least NASA saved that rocket... Not bad for a rocket weighing in at 6,699,000 pounds...

Oh and there were improved rockets on the drawing board too(Nerva was a proposed Nuclear Mars rocket), like so:

Here's a pic for some scale...

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Message 1263390 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 16:55:44 UTC

I was a 14 year old Army Brat and watched on AAFES(?) TV from Mannheim, Germany.
My Folks always let me watch anything Scientific that came on TV day or night.
I was a Science "Nut" even then. ;))
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Message 1263400 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 17:15:24 UTC - in response to Message 1263326.

I don't remember as I wasn't born yet. Must have been a great experience though.

For people nearby the Saturn V Rocket(the lowest stage of the Apollo rocket) was said to be loud upon takeoff and mind You nearby was several miles away, this was a really big slow rocket, bigger than anything today I think. One source said the rocket could be heard 15 miles away from cape Kennedy, plus the 1st stage detached and the the 2nd stage fired up the engines that were onboard at 165 miles down range. The Saturn V generated a sound level of 91 decibels from a distance of 9384m(or 5.83095 miles). (That number is from the NASA web site.)
Yes It was, of course to a golfer the moon is just the nearest large sandtrap once one leaves earth(which in color looks kind of tan or bronze, the surface of the moon that is, shadows were/are the blackest black I've ever seen, not enough atmosphere there to make light scatter), Yeah there's a golf ball up there, somewhere, in a later mission one of the astronauts smuggled a golf club up to the moon...


Great story Victor:)
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Message 1263456 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 20:07:12 UTC - in response to Message 1263400.

I don't remember as I wasn't born yet. Must have been a great experience though.

For people nearby the Saturn V Rocket(the lowest stage of the Apollo rocket) was said to be loud upon takeoff and mind You nearby was several miles away, this was a really big slow rocket, bigger than anything today I think. One source said the rocket could be heard 15 miles away from cape Kennedy, plus the 1st stage detached and the the 2nd stage fired up the engines that were onboard at 165 miles down range. The Saturn V generated a sound level of 91 decibels from a distance of 9384m(or 5.83095 miles). (That number is from the NASA web site.)
Yes It was, of course to a golfer the moon is just the nearest large sandtrap once one leaves earth(which in color looks kind of tan or bronze, the surface of the moon that is, shadows were/are the blackest black I've ever seen, not enough atmosphere there to make light scatter), Yeah there's a golf ball up there, somewhere, in a later mission one of the astronauts smuggled a golf club up to the moon...


Great story Victor:)

Thanks Julie.
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Message 1263459 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 20:12:24 UTC

July 20, 1969, I'd just got back from my honeymoon, in time to enjoy it all.

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Message 1263467 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 20:29:44 UTC - in response to Message 1263286.

I don't remember as I wasn't born yet. Must have been a great experience though.


Well said, I was going to say about the same thing. I was born in 87 so it was a bit before my time. But that had to be so awesome to watch! I feel like I missed out on seeing A LOT of great things.
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Message 1263508 - Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 22:12:38 UTC - in response to Message 1263467.

I don't remember as I wasn't born yet. Must have been a great experience though.


Well said, I was going to say about the same thing. I was born in 87 so it was a bit before my time. But that had to be so awesome to watch! I feel like I missed out on seeing A LOT of great things.

Here's a pic of the Eagle, Stark.

And one of the plaque too.

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Message 1263524 - Posted: 23 Jul 2012, 0:01:43 UTC

When they landed I was at the beach on Lake Huron, when they stepped out on the surface I was in the Corporal’s club at CFB, RCAF Camp Borden about sixty miles north of Toronto. The Moon program was one of the highlights of my life.

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