If Armstrong and Aldrin had been stranded on the Moon

HerrGruyere

Well-Known Member
Oh that's creepy. I just thought of what it might be like to be told, "Okay, well, you're stuck on the moon. Forever. Good luck and godspeed."
 

WacoFan

Bigly
Wow is that real? That's really weird to read that.
Yeah, it's real. Ike had two statements prepared for D-Day. The statement he gave praising the troops because it was successful, and the statement he never gave, praising the troops and accepting 100% of the blame for its failure. It goes to show how ballsy the moon thing was that the chance of failure was high enough to have this prepared.
 

Schinpop

Well-Known Member
Light reading for long layovers, the Apollo 11 press kit can be found here:

http://history.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/A11_PressKit.pdf

The initial assent burn put them in an orbit 10nm above the surface. Another burn put them at 45nm. Yet another burn put them at 60nm where they met up with the command module. If I'm reading it right, the entire process took about 3-1/2 hours. Probably felt pretty good to be back in the CSM with Collins.
 

Mark815

Well-Known Member
Yeah, it's real. Ike had two statements prepared for D-Day. The statement he gave praising the troops because it was successful, and the statement he never gave, praising the troops and accepting 100% of the blame for its failure. It goes to show how ballsy the moon thing was that the chance of failure was high enough to have this prepared.
Yeah, you know I knew that there must have been something prepared, it's just really eerie to read it! It really is amazing the risks these guys took on these missions. To think that space travel is routine is just absurd.

Light reading for long layovers, the Apollo 11 press kit can be found here:

http://history.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/A11_PressKit.pdf

The initial assent burn put them in an orbit 10nm above the surface. Another burn put them at 45nm. Yet another burn put them at 60nm where they met up with the command module. If I'm reading it right, the entire process took about 3-1/2 hours. Probably felt pretty good to be back in the CSM with Collins.
Thanks for posting! I love this kind of stuff! I'm sitting standby at a podunk airport in WI so I'll def get through some of that today!
 

MQAAord

Scheherazade
Staff member
It is very chilling to read. I think every man who has taken the moon journey has known there was the very real possibility he would not come back. Wouldn't have made it any easier to sit on the moon and wait to die, but they knew the risks.

I am very glad that message did not have to be delivered.
 

Mark815

Well-Known Member
I reread it a couple times, and really I think the most eerie and chilling part is the statement "These men know there is no hope for their recovery". It just paints such a depressing picture. I've heard and read the story about them breaking the switch that powered the motor for the ascent stage rocket, but imagine if that thing really never fired, and they were just stranded. What does a person do at that point? Staring up at the Earth, knowing they'd never make it back, and literally having a clock to their death in front of them (O2 levels). These guys were just beyond brave to take on missions like this.
 

dasleben

That's just, like, your opinion, man
I reread it a couple times, and really I think the most eerie and chilling part is the statement "These men know there is no hope for their recovery". It just paints such a depressing picture. I've heard and read the story about them breaking the switch that powered the motor for the ascent stage rocket, but imagine if that thing really never fired, and they were just stranded. What does a person do at that point? Staring up at the Earth, knowing they'd never make it back, and literally having a clock to their death in front of them (O2 levels). These guys were just beyond brave to take on missions like this.
I'd suit up and go out for a walk. :)
 

MQAAord

Scheherazade
Staff member
I would hope that I'd make use of the time, and go out and observe and report back as much information as possible in the time I had. Though I suppose it's hard to know exactly how we'd react without being in the situation for real.
 

Derg

New Arizona, Il Duce/Warlord
Staff member
Or they could have went Soviet-style and just disavowed anything happened and to move along! :)


(awesome podcast, btw. OooOOooOOoooOooooooo.... CHEMTRAILS!)
 

WacoFan

Bigly
I would imagine that there would be some kind of valve they could pop that would instantly kill them by dumping pressure/oxygen. I would think.
 

BobDDuck

Island Bus Driver
I would imagine that there would be some kind of valve they could pop that would instantly kill them by dumping pressure/oxygen. I would think.
I know later Apollo crews carried cyanide pills, so I'd guess they had it then as well. Dumping the suit might be quicker though.
 
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