Thursday, April 26, 2012

Apollo 8



Today's picture shows the Saturn V rocket being rolled out to the launch pad for the Apollo 8 Mission. The Apollo 8 mission is one which undoubtedly established the US as the leader in the space race. Up until then, we were simply doing things that Russia had done slightly earlier. Apollo 8 had a number of "firsts". It was the first time a manned spacecraft escaped earth's orbit, made it to the moon, orbited the moon, and returned safely. It also got the manned program back on track after the catastrophe of Apollo 1.

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  1. too bad that so few people in this country appreciate the space program today.

    we are a nation of ____________! You fill in your appropriate word. I know what mine is.

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  2. wasn't apollo 8 also responsible for the first photograph of the earth in orbit???

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  3. If you ever have the opportunity, I suggest a visit to the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. You can locate it by the Saturn V towering over the center.

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  4. I don't deny the heroism and bravery of all of the astronauts...but in reality what did the space program ever accomplish?
    ALl in all, it was another program by a liberal President (JFK) that accomplished nothing more than draining our treasury and burdening taxpayers.

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    1. Your joking right? Humans are meant to explore and discover new things. Thats why we have analytical brains. By your thinking we would all be sitting in Africa (the cradle of civilization) just wondering whats across the ocean. Never getting in a boat to go check it out. Don't you like to learn new things?

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    2. It is unbelievable what discoveries that came out of the space program. The 1000's and 1000's of thing that can be shown to be a direct result of the space program.
      If you want I can start listing them, starting with TANG LOL

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  5. Billions spent, upon billions, and what did we get out of it? A few moon rocks. The whole point of going to the moon (as Kennedy stressed) was to be there before the Russians got there. I'll admit that the accomplishment was phenomenal, because when he the President first laid it out even NASA wasn't sure how to go about doing it. So, yes in less than nine years we did it and we did surpass the Russians. My problem is, did we enhance our national defense one bit? No. We already had enough nukes to keep a war with Russia from being a loss--it would have been Mutual Assured Destruction. Again, and I can't say this enough, the astronauts who sat on those huge Roman Candles were braver than anyone. But in the end, the entire moon race was just politics plain and simple both as a foreign policy symbolic goal and as a make work program for thousands of employees of NASA--who by the way still suck my tax dollars for space travel.
    Space travel is best left to the private sector. Why they would have done a far better job anyway. Look at the space shuttle, hell, you couldn't even launch it if it was raining or snowing. Can you say the same about passenger jets that can fly in anything??
    Just my opinion.

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    1. Here are a few of the many thing credited to space exploration.

      CAT scans
      MRIs
      Kidney dialysis machines
      Heart defibrillator technology
      Remote robotic surgery
      Artificial heart pump technology
      Physical therapy machines
      Positron emission tomography
      Microwave receivers used in scans for breast cancer
      Cardiac angiography
      Monitoring neutron activity in the brain
      I could give you many many more, but the rest of the world gets the idea.

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  6. Good think anonymous wasn't in charge of anything back then, otherwise, we would still be sitting around in the 1960's. Not a bad place, for sure, but not with any of the high tech we have today.

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    1. I would love to go back to 1960's, just as it was back then.

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  7. you have a sad life Mr/Ms Anonymous!

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