Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Aug 2012 19:40 UTC
In the News "Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday, weeks after heart surgery and days after his 82nd birthday on Aug. 5. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and he radioed back to Earth the historic news of 'one giant leap for mankind'. He spent nearly three hours walking on the moon with fellow astronaut Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin." Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Such a great man. The world lost a true legendary hero today. This man will be an inspiration for generations to come.
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RE[2]: What's all the fuss about
by zima on Sat 1st Sep 2012 23:58 UTC in reply to "RE: What's all the fuss about"
zima
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There are thousands of scientists for every astronaut, but many more astronauts died in accidents than scientists did.
When a scientist makes an error he or she doesn't die, someone else does.

For the usual meaning of "rocket scientist" (~="a specialist that works with rockets) that is simply incorrect, disasters on launchpads alone killed many more scientists/technicians than astronauts ...in fact, just _one_ of them did that
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spaceflight-related_accidents_...

Meanwhile, it was a bit of a farce that, out of the twelve people who walked on the Moon, only one was a geologist, during the last Apollo moon mission - and only because he was bumped up at the last moment, after pleads from the scientific community, from a mission which never flew.
Frankly, I'm a bit surprised & disappointed that the scientific community wasn't more firm in their expectations - something to the tune of "we won't work on Apollo unless there will be a pro scientist on every two-man landing crew, and a scientist will be also the one who steps down first"

Edited 2012-09-02 00:16 UTC

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