August 26th, 2012, 01:11 AM #11
He only flew in space twice, but during each flight his personal intervention prevented disaster.
On Gemini 8, he saved his, and Dave Scott's, lives when a stuck thruster caused the craft to spin at a rate of 1 revolution per second (which was producing enough Gs to induce blackout if it were to continue much longer). He quickly hit upon the idea to use the retro rockets to regain temporary control, and kept repeating the procedure until the thruster's fuel was spent.
To assess the situation and come up with a viable work around in such a short period of time is a testament to his excellence as an engineer. He was unanimously regarded, by management, and his peers, as the astronaut with the most knowledge of his ships' systems.
When the Eagle was coming in for the moon landing, the automatic control system was steering Aldrin and him into an area strewn with boulders and craters. He had to take manual control of the LM and guided it down safely with a fuel reserve of 15 seconds.
For Earth simulations of the lunar landing, there was a jet-powered training craft which was notoriously unstable and difficult to fly. On one practice run, it began to bank. At the point where control was unrecoverable, he ejected at an altitude of only 200'. Afterward, he went back to his office to do paperwork.
A test pilot's test pilot.
When asked what it was like to walk on the moon, this was the reply: "It's an interesting place. I recommend it."
A man of few words. He didn't need many, since his actions said so much.
August 26th, 2012, 02:17 AM #12
"I have seen a place that no one has ever seen..."
May the life of the space cowboy live on!
Last edited by PTDP; August 26th, 2012 at 08:05 PM.
August 26th, 2012, 10:53 AM #13
There isn't a Picard facepalm large enough for this....are people really this stupid?
August 26th, 2012, 12:07 PM #14
Yeah, they're idiots.
Originally Posted by Cross Traffic
Anyway, you were a helluva trumpet player Mr. Armstrong. RIP Satchmo.
August 27th, 2012, 02:42 PM #15
I was out of town when I heard the news. As a space nerd it felt a little piece of me died.
Awhile ago space exploration felt like it had come and gone, but after being able to do some work at SpaceX then watching them sucessfully launch and dock with the space station, followed by seeing JPL land Curiosity on mars, maybe greatness is still achievable. I feel a little renewed.
Also, For anyone interested in getting their mind blown by a cool short video demonstrating how large the universe is, check this out:
Lose Worry Through Wonder (Video) : theCHIVE
August 27th, 2012, 03:26 PM #16
Originally Posted by ChilledAgua
Neil was the Very Right Stuff.
August 27th, 2012, 04:06 PM #17
August 28th, 2012, 12:22 PM #18
He truly was a space cadet...
Requiescat in pace...