Apollo 11, 50 years ago!!!

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  1. Newport 66

    Newport 66 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    I remember sitting by the black and white Magnovox TV being mesmerized for 4 days in the summer of '69, watching the most incredible thing ever for an 11 year old to see at that time. Every chance we got as a family, a proud nation and stunned world was spent riveted as the lunar mission unfolded. From lift off to splashdown it was (and always will be) an amazing feat of engineering, perseverance, bravery, skill and drive of the human spirit.
    "One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind"
     
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    amazinblue82 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    The night of the moon landing, our whole local family (about 30 people i would guess) crowded around a little B&W TV ...fuzzy, grainy pics ..and then it happened.

     
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    Still amazing
     
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    Awesome. Plus my Plymouth was in its first year.

    Apparently, we cannot build a Saturn V anymore to original specs. The know how is lost.

     
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    I remember it like it was yesterday!

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  6. Newport 66

    Newport 66 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    We're so "advanced" now that we can design (computer's doing the work), but we can't build it because we've lost the "hands on" ability to work thru problems in the construction/test phases?!?
     
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    Old Mike Well-Known Member

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    And the guys who designed and built it were still using t-squares and slide rules.....Tell me reliance on computers hasn’t made people dumber.
     
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    I was absolutely not alive at that point, but recall all of the conversations from my elders growing up. Not to mention, I still probe my folks about remembering the Eisenhower administration. It's absolutely balls out, cool to see that footage every time. I can only imagine what it was like for you gents back then. Maybe one day, we'll land on Mars and I can share that feeling with you all.

    Thanks! Awesome stuff.
     
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    Newport 66 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    All of a sudden I feel a older.......a little, but not much mind you!! :p
     
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    3 months before I was born, what a achievement though.
     
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    I was only 7 years old but I can still remember watching it on TV and Walter Cronkite narrating what was going on. My mom was saying how this was something I'd be telling my kids about and my dad telling me that Americans could do any thing when everyone worked towards a common goal. Seems like such a simpler time.
     
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    I remember the BIG deal was the next day when the paper showed up. My mom let us cut out the astronauts and put them on the fridge with those now illegal magnetic letters. Dad didn’t kill us for cutting up his paper before he read it either !!! Guess that means I survived the moon landing too...
     
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    Never happened... it was filmed outside of Las Vegas...

    :rofl::rofl:
    Ask any flat earther
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    I stole this from Heavy Metal Thread.

    Vid below Saturn V Apollo 11 takeoff, up close, slo-mo, from on launch pad, ... narrated by a NASA engineer. About 8 mins long.

    First 2:30 or so is the rocket and its FIVE thumpin', engineering wonders (google and read about how they solved the combustion problem if interested) called the "F1's" (7.5M lbs of total thrust), lifting the 6 Million pound (5 million pounds in the first stage alone), 360 plus feet tall behemoth off the ground.

    Last 6 mins is interesting going over the launch pad after its been cooked to Hell, but the rocket is long gone of course.

     
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    wow.

    $499 in 1969 is about $3,500 in 2019.

    ya needed yer "big boy wallet" at Gimbel's for that baby.
     
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    Ditto here for the "glued to the B&W TV" scenario as a 14 year old. I still retain the special edition "Life" magazine edition that commemorates the event. The article is an interesting comparison of past present and future rockets. The biggests difference between now and then is reusable components. I hope to live to see the day that some real progress is made towards a zero point energy warp drive.
    SpaceX Falcon Heavy: How it stacks up with other massive rockets
     
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    We had a B&W 19" TV.

    My grandparents had the color console TV.

    My parents didn't have a color TV until the mid 1970's.
     
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    I missed the whole moon landing fuss (sadly) but I hope to see the first Americans touch down on Mars someday.
     
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    I remember watching the landing on my Dad's RCA color TV.

    C-body content: He had bought the TV on a trip to New York City and brought it back in the trunk of his '68 300. It had just barely fit, and he had to tie the deck lid down, but he saved a bunch of $$. My Dad always looked for the deals... His Scotch mother showed him the way on that.
     
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