Sunday, August 26, 2012

Neil Armstrong Explains Lunar Mission and First Moon Walk.

The famous Moon walk was performed over 40 years ago by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (and Michael Jackson in 1983 )... Check out more details of mission below: 

They were both under strict orders from NASA to stay within close proximity with the Lunar Lander's mounted cameras for observation. The duo performed their scientific duties and didn't stray more than 100 yards from the lander. The reason for this was because the temperature was 200 degrees farhenheit and no one new how their state-of-the art water cooled suits would hold up... Neil Armstrong did candidly admit to sneaking away for a bit to explore a bedrock within a nearby crater... "I felt the potential gain was worth the risk." 
Riiiigghht....a 'crater'. We all know the truth it was actually to check out the Alien Base/UFO that is up there... whhhooaa!


Below is a letter Neil Armstrong wrote to Robert Krulwich [NPR]:




Dear Mr. Krulwich
I was delighted to read your December 7 column on the the Apollo 11 lunar surface traverses,   The NASA maps do accurately portray the locations of the pathways used to complete the myriad of tasks we were assigned.  And, although I have not checked, I believe the comparison with the size of athletic fields is reasonably accurate.
You asked:  “Who knew?"
The answer to that question is:  Just about anyone who had any interest in learning the answer.  The plan for the lunar surface work was widely distributed and we even did a full dress rehearsal for the press at the NASA Johnson Space Center.
It is true that we were cautious in our planning.   There were many uncertainties about how well our Lunar module systems and our Pressure suit and backpack would match the engineering predictions in the hostile lunar environment.   We were operating in a near perfect vacuum with the temperature well above 200 degrees Fahrenheit with the local gravity only one sixth that of Earth.  That combination cannot be duplicated here on Earth, but we tried as best we could to test our equipment for those conditions.  For example, because normal air conditioning is inadequate for lunar conditions, we were required to use cold water to cool the interior of our suits.   We did not have any data to tell us how long the small water tank in our backpacks would suffice.  NASA officials limited our surface working time to 2 and 3/4 hours on that first surface exploration to assure that we would not expire of hyperthermia.  After returning to and repressurizing the Lunar Module, we were able to drain and measure the remaining water in the backpacks to confirm the predicted.
There was great uncertainty about how well we would be able to walk in our cumbersome pressurized suit.  My colleague demonstrated a variety of techniques in view of the television camera that I had installed in a position predetermined to be in the optimum spot for coverage of all of our activities.  Preflight planners wanted us to stay in TV range so that they could learn from our results how they could best plan for future missions.  I candidly admit that I knowingly and deliberately left the planned working area out of TV coverage to examine and photograph the interior crater walls for possible bedrock exposure or other useful information.  I felt the potential gain was worth the risk.
It is true that we would have liked to stay on the surface longer and traveled further away from the Lunar Module and the television camera.   But we had a number of experiments to install, samples to document and collect, and photographs to take.   The time available was fully allocated and we were working diligently to complete our assigned tasks.  The Lunar Laser Ranging Retroreflector we installed is still in use today in a variety of scientific experiments.
Later Apollo flights were able to do more and move further in order to cover larger areas, particularly when the Lunar Rover vehicle became available in 1971.  But in KRULWICH WONDERS, you make an important point, which I emphasized to the House Science and Technology Committee.   During my testimony in May I said, "Some question why Americans should return to the Moon.  "After all," they say "we have already been there."  I find that mystifying.  It would be as if 16th century monarchs proclaimed that "we need not go to the New World, we have already been there."  Or as if President Thomas Jefferson announced in 1803 that Americans "need not go west of the Mississippi, the Lewis and Clark Expedition has already been there."   Americans have visited and examined 6 locations on Luna, varying in size from a suburban lot to a small township.  That leaves more than 14 million square miles yet to explore.
I have tried to give a small insight into your question “Who knew?”
I hope it is helpful.
Sincerely,
Neil Armstrong
Commander
Apollo 11






via NPR

8 comments:

chet rosales said...

(Prediction)
Stay tuned for this... The presence of intelligent Alien life will be publicly announced by world leaders in the year 2012... The Mayan clock was actually a 'countdown' to when they will return :)

Anonymous said...

That's an interesting prediction, laorosa.
BTW that would make an interesting post :)

Anonymous said...

this soo fake there is no air in space
how's the hell
flag is moving ???

chet rosales said...

@anonymous:
...the Flag moves on the moon because there isn't an atmosphere and less gravity compared to Earth. When the flag was twisted and pushed into the moon's surface the flag naturally rippled and waved... But because there isn't any air resistance or gravity (like here on Earth) to slow it down to a stop, the flag continued to wave and ripple for quite some time. Eventually because of the moons gravity, it finally settled to a stop...
-Hope that answered your question :)

chet rosales said...

Watch the Mythbusting action on whether the moon landing was a hoax or not at this link: http://www.design-laorosa.com/2011/11/mythbusters-moon-landing-hoax-video.html?m=0

harshit sharma said...

this is fake as there isn't gravity on moon so if the flag was twisted it would remain twisted and will not ripple and wave . one more point to know that in space everything turns black , then from where the light is coming :p .

chet rosales said...

@Harshit Sharma...
Thanks for your comment, but wanted to clarify some basic facts.
First, there is in-fact gravity on the moon, about 1/6 the gravity compared to here on Earth. So, as the flag is 'twisted and pushed' into the Moon's surface it would take a bit longer for the flag to settle to a stop.
Also contrary to your belief, space DOES NOT 'turn everything black'... light travels the same in space as it does on Earth and in this case the light is coming from the Sun.

Anonymous said...

people who believe the moon landing was a hoax are morons.

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