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Old 20 July 2017, 23:04
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Apollo 11

National Geographic posted photos online in honor of the first moon landing in 1969.



http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ph...t&sf99513159=1
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Old 21 July 2017, 11:18
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And for further enjoyment, some stuff from Smithsonian:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-...um=socialmedia
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Old 21 July 2017, 15:20
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Captured. Thanks for posting those. A very different time--and yet, with the expansion of the commercial space industry, yet another area where Robert Heinlein may have been more prescient than we could have known.
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We put a man on the moon with the technology that existed 50 years ago. That still amazes me.

Watched it all on black & white television too.
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Old 23 July 2017, 22:28
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We put a man on the moon with the technology that existed 50 years ago. That still amazes me.

Watched it all on black & white television too.
I find it equally impressive that they came back alive.
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We put a man on the moon with the technology that existed 50 years ago. That still amazes me.

Watched it all on black & white television too.
Engineers still using slide rules at that. What is the saying now, you have more computing power in your individual I Phone, than ALL of NASA computers combined had in 1969.
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Old 24 July 2017, 06:17
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I still have a slide rule from school.
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And for further enjoyment, some stuff from Smithsonian:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-...um=socialmedia
Incredible!
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Engineers still using slide rules at that. What is the saying now, you have more computing power in your individual I Phone, than ALL of NASA computers combined had in 1969.
My dad worked for a contractor that designed and built recon cameras, prior to the early '70s slide rules ruled.

His company bought all of their engineers the first HP calculators, the HP 35. It had a lot of functions and made their work easier, but it's still pretty astounding that most of the early work of the space program, to include Apollo, was accomplished with slide rules.

The computers on board both the LM and CM had but a fraction of the computing power in your average smart phone. Still, they were amazing engineering feats in that they had in essence only 4 functions. Getting them there, landing them on the moon, launching them off the surface of the moon and docking with the CM and then getting them safely back to earth.

A good book about Apollo was Andrew Chaikan's A Man on the Moon, IMO the best out of all the books written about the Apollo program.
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