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RIP Neil Armstrong

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    RIP Neil Armstrong


    I was fortunate enough not only to be alive when Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 21, 1969, but also to witness it live on television with millions of others.

    Mr. Armstrong never tried to cash in on the famous achievement. After his career as an astronaut he went on to live a quiet life mostly out of the public spotlight. He gave most of the credit for the success of the Apollo 11 mission to the people behind the scenes who worked to build the craft that got him and two others to the moon and back safely.

    May he long be remembered not only for what he did but for who he was and how he lived his life.

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    Any healthy bit of thought would determine that it was then impossible to be on the moon from the Earth. Van Allen, amongst a million other reasons.

    I don't mean to start any conflict, and respect your ability to respect! But no man. Very honest, sorry.

    Why have we not been back since?

    Just a question to further the thinking.

    Why have all the astronauts gone practically nuts? Hiding stuff like that all your life does not do well.
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    RIP. I wasn't even born then. But to think a human being has made it off this earth and physically onto the moon, WOW.

    I think the legacy of Neil Armstrong and even Apollo 11 will be that space travel seems so....everyday. Back then, that was almost like the tipping point of human technology and ability and venturing into something so new and so old and so unknown at the same time, to me still feels unfathomable. Today, it's so ordinary. Shuttle launches every year, satellites launching every week, and even soon commercial space trips will be launching every day. It will be to the point where interplanetary travel will be just like flying from New York to London.....

    Here's to the past heroes that have got us here today, and here's to the future and what it has in store for humanity!
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    Much of the technology we have today is a direct result of the space program. The need to miniaturize everything led to the development of integrated circuits and more. Were it not for the technology that literally took us into space, we might still be running on vacuum tubes and using mechanical adding machines. Directly or indirectly, the advent of integrated circuits led to a great deal of innovation that we take for granted anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel View Post
    Any healthy bit of thought would determine that it was then impossible to be on the moon from the Earth. Van Allen, amongst a million other reasons.

    I don't mean to start any conflict, and respect your ability to respect! But no man. Very honest, sorry.

    Why have we not been back since?

    Just a question to further the thinking.

    Why have all the astronauts gone practically nuts? Hiding stuff like that all your life does not do well.
    Nice.

    I hope you understand that your completely lack of rational thinking with this comment is now going to affect the way everyone that sees it thinks about anything you ever post in this forum again...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel View Post
    Any healthy bit of thought would determine that it was then impossible to be on the moon from the Earth. Van Allen, amongst a million other reasons.

    I don't mean to start any conflict, and respect your ability to respect! But no man. Very honest, sorry.

    Why have we not been back since?

    Just a question to further the thinking.

    Why have all the astronauts gone practically nuts? Hiding stuff like that all your life does not do well.
    Nice.

    I hope you understand that your completely lack of rational thinking with this comment is now going to affect the way everyone that sees it thinks about anything you ever post in this forum again...
    You do know that there is no atmosphere on the moon, correct? And that a flag can not wave on it?



    Where are all the stars, which should be so much more easily seen since there is no pollution or cloud cover?

    It was cold war propaganda. Yay, "US is better than USSR".

    Technology was crap then, so people could not debunk nearly as easy as today.

    That's why "we" haven't been back.

    If a person tried to get through the Van Allen belt, they would need massive suits too big to wear to protect against the enormous radiation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel View Post
    Any healthy bit of thought would determine that it was then impossible to be on the moon from the Earth. Van Allen, amongst a million other reasons.

    I don't mean to start any conflict, and respect your ability to respect! But no man. Very honest, sorry.

    Why have we not been back since?

    Just a question to further the thinking.

    Why have all the astronauts gone practically nuts? Hiding stuff like that all your life does not do well.
    Nice.

    I hope you understand that your completely lack of rational thinking with this comment is now going to affect the way everyone that sees it thinks about anything you ever post in this forum again...
    You do know that there is no atmosphere on the moon, correct? And that a flag can not wave on it?



    Where are all the stars, which should be so much more easily seen since there is no pollution or cloud cover?

    It was cold war propaganda. Yay, "US is better than USSR".

    Technology was crap then, so people could not debunk nearly as easy as today.

    That's why "we" haven't been back.

    If a person tried to get through the Van Allen belt, they would need massive suits too big to wear to protect against the enormous radiation.
    Posh. The moon has no atmosphere yes, but when you move a flag, it waves around.

    Actually, to add onto the theories of the moon, why we haven't been back to the moon ever since might be due to that the moon is actually a celestial, alien base and its inhabitants were not so pleased about the moon landing and demanded that we never go back. Some Russian probes that were trying to get to the moon kept crashing or missing because they were assuming the moon was solid and based their calculations on such. But when they did get a probe onto the moon, they found that the moon seemed to be hollow. Even more, moon rock samples have been said to be older than the inner core of the moon, which debunks the idea that the moon was formed after a chunk blew off the Earth......
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    I can't believe that a simple tribute to a true hero just becomes another vehicle for dangerously incapacitated thinking.

    Poor Neil

    Poor human race!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    I can't believe that a simple tribute to a true hero just becomes another vehicle for dangerously incapacitated thinking.

    Poor Neil

    Poor human race!
    My sentiments exactly. RIP Neil.

    The flag waved because it had been shaken and it kept waving for a while because there was no air resistance to stop it. That was obvious to me as a young man, not sure why some peoples' brains don't get around that concept.

    Van Allen belt? They aren't in it long enough to pose any risk.

    To the ill-informed comment about them not being back there since...there were in fact 6 moon landings, plus other unmanned landings. The main reason they haven't been back after the Apollo programme ended is cost, which is astronomical, excuse the pun.

    See: Archive of Astronomy Questions and Answers

    I'm sure they will return one day.
    Last edited by Ex_Brit; 31 Aug 2012 at 09:31.
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    I finally found time to post here.

    Thanks, Terry, for the tribute. It is worth mentioning him honorably.

    I saw one of the Apollo capsule at the Chicago Science and Industry Museum. Not the Apollo 11, for that's in DC. One would have to have pretty big cohunes to climb aboard that "steel rock" and fly through space at an astronomical speed to the moon not ever doing it before. I mean there was no test drive! We're talking 1969. Our cars have more computing power today than they had on that thing! Then to land it on a surface that no one was sure what it was. The reason for the tall legs on the lander was because they calculated and thought the dust might have been as much as 13 feet deep. I think they were a little off on their calculation. Then to survive there for nearly two days, fly back off the surface to meet the command module, and then fly back to earth. A magnificent feat indeed! Brave men!

    It was an exciting summer for me:
    I graduated high school
    Bought my first car
    I turned 18 and was designated 1A, which was eligibility for the draft
    Tricky Dick Nixon was president
    The moon landing
    Viet Nam war kept escalating
    The movie Easy Rider premiered
    I saw Led Zeppelin 1st tour concert
    Lost my hearing

    In honorable tribute:
    "That's one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind"

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