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: Comment by MOS6510
by tanzam75 on Sat 25th Aug 2012 22:42 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
tanzam75
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2011-05-19

Hear hear.

The guy had nerves of steel.

He saved the Gemini 8 mission after a thruster stuck open, rolling the spacecraft so rapidly that the astronauts' vision became blurry.

He ejected from an out-of-control LLRV that could've killed him.

And he guided the Eagle to its lunar landing, with just 25 seconds of fuel to spare. Not only that, but the computer overloaded twice and then directed the LM at a boulder field that could've destroyed it. And to top it all off, a premature fuel warning that made him think he had even less fuel than the little he had.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by lala on Sun 26th Aug 2012 01:13 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
lala Member since:
2006-01-15

Unbelievable story..examples right stuff.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Sat 1st Sep 2012 23:55 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The guy had nerves of steel.
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He ejected from an out-of-control LLRV that could've killed him.

I'm not sure if ejecting out of soon-to-crash vehicle is a fitting example to "nerves of steel"... what does that make the people on passenger aircraft, who have no means to eject, not even a parachute? (especially those in the 20s or, partly, 30s - when airlines had safety record fairly comparable to space missions)

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