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    The Moment That Made Neil Armstrong’s Heart Rate Spike

    The Moment That Made Neil Armstrong’s Heart Rate Spike

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    Then an alarm blared; the Eagle’s computers were overloaded with signals. Mission Control told Armstrong to ignore it and keep going. Armstrong could see enough of the jagged terrain through his window to know that they had overshot their target by four miles. They needed a smooth, flat place to land, and the Eagle was now headed toward a crater filled with boulders instead. It was time to shut off the autopilot. Armstrong took control of the Eagle, and manually scooted the module away from the crater. The module was still airborne when the low-fuel light started flashing. (Another propulsion system would launch the astronauts back off the moon.)

    Armstrong later said he wasn’t worried about the fuel. They were close enough then that if the engine cut off, the moon’s gentle gravity, one-sixth that of Earth’s, would let them coast safely down. But the descent must have been some adrenaline rush to push the lunar commander’s heart rate to 150. Armstrong’s pulse began to climb after he turned off the autopilot and took the controls in his gloved grip. The fate of the mission was, quite literally, in his hands. Tens of thousands of engineers had helped get him here, but this last bit was up to him. That kind of responsibility would quicken anyone’s pulse.

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    One of the guys (don't remember which one) in Mission Control was monitoring the descent fuel and altitude, and just KNEW that they were going to run out of fuel before touchdown.

    What he didn't know is that Eagle was, at that moment, drifting over a crater, so the "altitude" was relative to the bottom of the crater, not the surface of the moon. As soon as the Eagle passed the the rim of the crater, the altitude was much more shallow than just a second before.
    Every problem is the result of a previous solution.

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    The first space cowboy. Flying by the seat of his pants in a spaceship made of fancy tinfoil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    The first space cowboy. Flying by the seat of his pants in a spaceship made of fancy tinfoil.
    And, to think of all they accomplished without our fancy computer technology. A friend of mine (now deceased) actually had one of the slide rules used by a member of the Mission Control team to double-check return trajectory. I would love to know what happened to it.
    Every problem is the result of a previous solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    And, to think of all they accomplished without our fancy computer technology. A friend of mine (now deceased) actually had one of the slide rules used by a member of the Mission Control team to double-check return trajectory. I would love to know what happened to it.
    We should have warp drive by now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    We should have warp drive by now!
    We do - they just know you'll cause havoc if you are allowed access to it.
    Every problem is the result of a previous solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    We do - they just know you'll cause havoc if you are allowed access to it.
    Does it use that 100 mile per gallon carburetor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    Does it use that 100 mile per gallon carburetor?
    Psssshhhhhh --- MILE per gallon? How bout light years per gallon! (dilithium crystals may be involved)
    Every problem is the result of a previous solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    The first space cowboy. Flying by the seat of his pants in a spaceship made of fancy tinfoil.
    Built by the lowest bidder. (from John Glenn)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Psssshhhhhh --- MILE per gallon? How bout light years per gallon! (dilithium crystals may be involved)
    If roguelabs is involved it will have squirrels somewhere in there.

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