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From left to right: Charlie Duke (Apollo 16), Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11), Walter Cunningham (Apollo 7), Al Worden (Apollo 15), Rusty Schweickart (Apollo 9), Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17), Michael Collins (Apollo 11) and Fred Haise (Apollo 13). Felix Kunze/The Explorers Club
 

Tidewater

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I saw a video of some conspiracy theory nutter confronting Buzz Aldrin and yelling, "You didn't land on the moon! You're a coward and a liar." Aldrin punched him.
A great moment in the Apollo program.

Gutsy men, operating on very thin margins of safety.
 

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A one hour Nova episode "Apollo's Daring Mission" is on PBS right now. I've seen it before and as all Nova productions are - it's fantastic.

If you get a chance to watch it - it's well worthwhile.
 

Bamaro

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For me, watching in real time, Apollo 8, Jim Lovell, Frank Borman, William Anders was the one that effected me the most (in a positive way).

 
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Another hidden figure: Clyde Foster brought color to NASA


Over three decades, he recruited hundreds of African Americans into the space program
By Michael A. Fletcher July 8, 2019

Clyde Foster came of age in Alabama in the 1950s, a place and time so oppressive for African Americans that a former Nazi rocket scientist stood out as a figure of racial moderation. Foster’s father worked at a Birmingham iron foundry, where the dirtiest, most backbreaking jobs were reserved for African Americans. Every day he would come home dog-tired, prompting his son to vow that he would earn a living using his mind, not his back. By itself, that was an audacious plan for a black man living in Alabama.
Click on title above for rest of story. Nice article.
 

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They shot another rocket off tonight. Whole house shook including windows. LOUD sonic boom too!

Because of overcast weather - I couldn't see it from my front yard.
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At 6:01 p.m. EDT, or 22:01 UTC, on Thursday, July 25, SpaceX launched its eighteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-18) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Dragon separated from Falcon 9’s second stage about nine minutes after liftoff. The Dragon spacecraft supporting the CRS-18 mission previously supported the CRS-6 mission in April 2015 and the CRS-13 mission in December 2017. Following stage separation, SpaceX recovered Falcon 9’s first stage on Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
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(the action starts at about the 15 minute mark in the video below)

 

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They shot another rocket off tonight. Whole house shook including windows. LOUD sonic boom too!

Because of overcast weather - I couldn't see it from my front yard.
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At 6:01 p.m. EDT, or 22:01 UTC, on Thursday, July 25, SpaceX launched its eighteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-18) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Dragon separated from Falcon 9’s second stage about nine minutes after liftoff. The Dragon spacecraft supporting the CRS-18 mission previously supported the CRS-6 mission in April 2015 and the CRS-13 mission in December 2017. Following stage separation, SpaceX recovered Falcon 9’s first stage on Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
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(the action starts at about the 15 minute mark in the video below)

I think it caught up and docked yesterday. I read an interesting article translated from the Russian recently. Basically, what it said was that the Kremlin had dropped the ball and the rise of private space exploration in the US had doomed the Russians, who'd chosen to stick with the Soyuz capsule, which hasn't been materially changed since the '60s. I didn't really realize it, but the Russian government has been making a killing off space tourists and supplying the ISS. Now, the Soyuz will end up only ferrying up Russian cosmonauts...
 

Tidewater

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They shot another rocket off tonight. Whole house shook including windows. LOUD sonic boom too!

Because of overcast weather - I couldn't see it from my front yard.
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At 6:01 p.m. EDT, or 22:01 UTC, on Thursday, July 25, SpaceX launched its eighteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-18) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Dragon separated from Falcon 9’s second stage about nine minutes after liftoff. The Dragon spacecraft supporting the CRS-18 mission previously supported the CRS-6 mission in April 2015 and the CRS-13 mission in December 2017. Following stage separation, SpaceX recovered Falcon 9’s first stage on Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
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(the action starts at about the 15 minute mark in the video below)

I don't know why, but the returning of the stage 1 rocket is amazing to me. The engineers who designed and built that thing must be amazing.
Economically, it makes sense. If an airline used planes once and then threw them away, air travel would be really expensive, so reusing a rocket makes sense. Technically, though, this seems enormously difficult to me.
 

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