A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts by Andrew Chaikin

By Andrew Chaikin

It alternatives up the place the appropriate Stuff left off. [Stu Roosa, Apollo 14, again cover]


In a 2007 afterword, Chaikin discusses how an absence of growth in human spaceflight has compelled exploration-hungry observers to show their curiosity to robot probes. to make certain, the achievements of those remote-controlled explorers were outstanding and fascinating to observe. As Chaikin wrote, rovers have been exploring Mars, Cassini had arrived at Saturn, and New Horizons used to be simply starting its trip to Pluto. yet Chaikin is apparent that in basic terms human spaceflight can motivate humans and ignite their passions within the manner Apollo did. [Apollo overview, http://www.apolloreview.com/a-man-on-the-moon/]

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Thankfully, it didn’t last long—but he came out with a punishing hangover and ruptured capillaries all over his back, as a souvenir. Next, the centrifuge was programmed for a long, shallow re­ entry. This time the acceleration built up to only 5 g’s—but it stayed there for five solid minutes. At 5 g’s, with his chest nearly pressed against his backbone, Conrad had to force his rib cage open just to take in breath. Five minutes became an eternity. Halfway through the run, Conrad was about to stop breathing.

First there was an unidentified odor in the breathing oxygen that re­ minded Grissom of sour milk; that alone had held up the test for an hour. M. the pad crews installed the command module's heavy, two-piece hatch and sealed it shut. The spacecraft was pressurized with pure oxygen, just as it would be on launch day. Then came the communications trouble. By late afternoon Roosa was able to converse with the men inside the sealed spacecraft, but there were problems with the voice link to the Manned Spaceflight Operations building 5^2 miles away.

Conrad drew the enviable task of helping to design the controls and instrument dis­ plays for the lunar module, the spacecraft that would actually land on the moon. In the months that followed Conrad found himself standing in a plywood mockup of the lander, surrounded by painted switches and dials, imagining himself flying over a silent, cratered world. He wriggled down rope ladders, descending to a simulated moonscape. He hung suspended from a Peter Pan rig, to familiarize himself with the trampoline-bounce of walking in the moon’s onesixth gravity.

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