Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Quagmire of The Apollo Space Program

I enjoyed Dennis Wingo's recent post and I hope you have the time to read as well.

When we talk about going back to the Moon or on to Mars and the stars we need to understand how governments and politics work.
Unless we feel we need to prove some military might, we will have to find an economic justification to sell the idea to a paying customer.

It will be interesting to see if the need for rare minerals will provide a push to develop space as a source materials.
Will watch to see who sends in the first mining robots and finds a need to send some human maintainers.
- LRK -

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    The Quagmire of The Apollo Space ProgramPosted on January 18, 2015
  2. Why the Lessons of Apollo Have Still Not Been Learned 50 Years Later

    1. There is an old saying that history is his-story, or the story of whoever the victors are in war or society.  We know that Roman and Greek civilization was superior to others at the time because we have the Roman and Greek records that tell us so.  The Celts or Chinese might have thought differently.  In some respects the same is true of all history.  This is not to indict historians that have written on the subject of space but it is to say that everyone has a viewpoint and sometimes the official history does not fully illuminate a subject.

      I have never been satisfied with the “official” NASA history of the Apollo program.  I lived in Huntsville Alabama for a long time and it mystified me to an extreme why we did not at least launch the last two flight worthy Saturn V’s and their payloads, Apollo’s 18 and 19.   Over the years since I left the computer industry in 1987 and moved to Huntsville to begin my space career I have collected a pretty good library of space books and I have read them all.  I have participated in conferences, talked to and worked with many Apollo veterans, and have been a part of NASA’s attempts at new efforts to get exploration beyond Earth orbit going.  None of it has ever made sense to me, so I have spent time researching the history to try to understand why we were able to do it then, and why it has been so hard since Apollo to make progress.
As you can see Dennis has been active in looking at the Moon in many ways.
- LRK -

  1. ---------------------------------------------- Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) is a project funded by NASA, SkyCorp, SpaceRef Interactive, and private individuals to digitize the original analog data tapes from the five Lunar Orbiter spacecraft that were sent to the Moon in 1966 and 1967.[1]

    The first image to be successfully recovered by the project was released in November 2008. It was the first photograph of the Earth from the Moon, taken in August 1966. On February 20, 2014, the project announced it had completed the primary tape capture portion of the project.[2] One medium resolution image, most of one high resolution image and parts of three others are missing, apparently due to lapses at the time they were being recorded.[3] The rest of the Lunar Orbiter images have been successfully recovered and are undergoing digital processing before being submitted to NASA's Planetary Data System.[2]

Miss McDonald's at NASA Ames but building being put to good use.
- LRK -

  1. ---------------------------------------------- VIEWS
  2. Recently in McMoons aka Building 596Category

    Photos From a Visit to McMoons

It will be interesting to see just how the Moon develops in the years to come.