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I was 24 years old
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RE: I was 24 years old
and then we found out there is no tooth fairy.
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If we could put the effort, and the intelligence, and the resources, and the enthusiasm, that we put into the space program, into 'world problems', it would be much better spent.
A pipe dream maybe. Easyer said than done.

World problems', are harder.
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Old Whatshisname  Wrote: (07-19-2019 10:54 PM)
I was 24 years old at the time, working second shift with Sly and Bernie as mainframe operators at the IBM-Federal Systems Division computer center in Gaithersburg, Maryland. We were the prime contractor to NASA for ground-based computer systems on all the manned programs: Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and ASTP.

The three of us managed somehow to have the entire weekend of Apollo 11 off and saw just about every hour of it in real time over at Bernie's apartment. I remember we cheered when the Saturn V lifted; and sweated when Armstrong and Aldrin landed (and also when the lunar ascent vehicle -- which had never been tested -- took off. Finally, after the communications blackout at re-entry and we saw those three orange parachutes, we all three burst into tears.

If you aren't of an age to remember it, I don't think you could ever understand what most of the people around the Earth felt that week.

But how short-lived it was! Within five years, the manned missions were over, with the powers-that-be telling us that it was better to fight two wars -- in Asia and against "poverty", both of which we lost -- than to continue to the stars.

NASA squandered what little funds they had in building a series of overpriced and worthless flying buses which, when they weren't killing their crew and passengers, were taking mankind absolutely nowhere.

And what are we doing now? Re-building oversized and overpriced Apollo capsules which "may" return to the moon: and no one seems to care. Americans have lost their will, the Russians have lost their money, the Europeans never really cared, and only the Chinese have any real interest, much of which is the same political one-upmanship we and the Soviets used to flog our respective projects.

I think the sentence which best tells America's story regarding space exploration was voiced by Marlon Brando in the movie On the Waterfront:
"I coulda been a contender!"

All 3 got the weekend off. My conspiradar is beeping.
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As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing lets raise our glasses and recall the words of the memorable Ralph Kramden: "To the Moon!"
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Elon Musk is Not WORTH the MONEY That Has Been Paid to Him.
His Endeavors COST the Tax Payer WAY More than they are WORTH.

Someone needs to BEAT HIM Until his production improves!

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i didnt know what was going on and didnt care...i was only 5 during that event.Scream1

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LopDude  Wrote: (07-20-2019 08:25 AM)
i didnt know what was going on and didnt care...i was only 5 during that event.Scream1

Lol this got unpinned and censored... yet your child rape thread is still pinned.
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Dad built the radio or helped to build it...

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Lord DunLOP  Wrote: (07-20-2019 02:33 AM)
I remember being in the living room during the first moon landing and the place was packed! Even then while watching I wondered why can't these guys put one foot in front of the other and walk like a normal human? There's no scientific reason they had to bounce around like little bunny rabbits, it was only for show, and looking back upon the show, the show was stupid. Also, there's no scientific reason they couldn't easily do a 3ft vertical jump, these guys were world class athletes and could easily get 2ft of air on earth. But on the moon where they and their gear combined weighed much less than they alone on earth, they couldn't jump 1ft off the surface. They filmed an astronaut doing a jump salute in front of the flag, he took 3 forceful steps planted then launched into a mighty vertical leap! At the apex of his jump, the point where he is no longer traveling upwards and has yet to reverse course (about 10 inches off the surface), the dirt on the top of his boots fell off all the way to the ground. Just another impossibility in a long list of impossibilities.

But the first landing is not what I wanted to type about, to be honest I don't remember what landing it was? I do remember I was in my mid teens and the only one in the living room, the room with the TV, Yes, I was the only one who gave a rat's ass about the latest Apollo Mission. I was sitting there glued to the TV getting antsy, seemed like the pair of boring experts in the newsroom were never going to shut up. Then finally Hoagland announces we have to break away NOW because they are getting ready to LAND!

Immediately the newsroom scene turns to a moonscape! Across the top of the screen you could see a lick of flame extending down a few inches which then immediately extinguished itself. This caused a perfectly round ring of dust to well up from the surface and to expand like ripple on a still pond, towards and away from the camera until it had disappeared out of sight. Then! Right on cue! A landing pad vertically traverses the screen and sets down just a few feet in front of the camera. Total time elapsed, 4 or 5 seconds! That 4 or 5 seconds is indelibly burned into my brain, if I ever get old timers, that's one memory that is not getting erased.

Right after that 4 or 5 seconds, I was on my feet, whooping it up, USA, USA! We did it again! Problem was, my brain was trying to give me a headache. Hey brain, I'm celebrating here leave me alone. Seems my brain wanted to know how the f*#k they got that stationary camera situated on the moon before they ever landed??? I just said shut-up brain you don't know what you're talking about. Many years had gone by and in light of all evidence against visiting the moon, being of sane brain I eventually came around to its way of thinking.

So I was there, I see how simple it is deny the truth and believe, you just got to ignore your brain. That's not everybody, some people try to sadly and badly explain the inexplicable or maybe some combination of the two. You could show them where the same moonscape replete with mountain ranges in the background were used for different landing missions and they get mad at you, probably their brain too when it starts talking at them.

So sorry Duncan, I experienced all the same emotions you listed in your post, but I have since been moved to rage, and long since, complacency of knowing the facts is what the facts is... We didn't go to the moon and I think your pride in that achievement is a little displaced. Peace.

Post of the day.

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Hans Ocelot  Wrote: (07-20-2019 05:48 AM)
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing lets raise our glasses and recall the words of the memorable Ralph Kramden: "To the Moon!"

*and to Alice who survived the trip and opened a restaraunt
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Old Whatshisname  Wrote: (07-20-2019 12:20 AM)
Roddy  Wrote: (07-19-2019 11:47 PM)
Lame move (let me post as a religious tard here)

But of course; you may post as any type of tard you choose.

Lmao Lmao

That's sounds fun! chuckle
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Hans Ocelot  Wrote: (07-20-2019 05:48 AM)
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing lets raise our glasses and recall the words of the memorable Ralph Kramden: "To the Moon!"

*and to Alice who survived the trip and opened a restaraunt


Quote:There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

Some say this already happened...

Ok. Now, we've built a little Moon Spirit.

Can it grow in today's political environment? If so, how fast? Is it possible to reach the moon today?

After all, it is a major stepping stone for the big show on Mars.

And then?

Well, the Universe!
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Duncan mocks "Conspiracy theories".

I will say it again: He is a MOD in a Conspiracy Forum.

It's like having a Vegan guy modding a Beef house. Do you realize what''s going on here?

I do not label myself. What I stand for is based on my own convictions, and I don't care which box - the left one or the right one - they happen to belong.
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I think you're just afraid of sharing a forum with someone who (1) disagrees with many of your rather outré beliefs; (2) can express himself in a coherent way; and (3) usually wins an argument he has with you.

Here's how it works, Bub: Mr. Zwaneveld seems to believe that adults should be capable and willing to discuss and understand all sides of an argument, and people like you who have their own strange dogmatism are really no different at all from anyone else who would censor stuff they see as a threat to their own insecurities.

If having to put up with someone who doesn't believe everything you do is such a bother, perhaps you'd be more comfortable in a forum where everyone shares the same views and we all get along ...

... like this one.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose!
(This post was last modified: 07-20-2019 02:24 PM by Old Whatshisname.)

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