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50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 – First Moon Landing (July 20, 1969-2019)

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  • #1407393

    shingen
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    Sounds like a fun game.

    The class history resemble a bit history of real life soviet Kiev class of light carriers (which mostly carried Kamov helicopters fighting submarines but also had two types of VTOL fighter-bombers designed for them). Most of them ended up in Chinese hands (albeit serving as museums and theme parks) and one is still in commission with Indian navy (split a bit like those Panasian colonies) after USSR colapsed.

     

    Sorry for OT posting.

    #1407822

    jamesevans140
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    After talking to people it seems this is forgotten.

    Project Apollo is still ongoing and will be for some time to come.

    The Saturn V rockets was about getting there and most importantly delivering scientific equipment packages with some being powered by atomic batteries that will last for centuries.

    One of the current facts by ongoing Apollo is that the moon is roughly 6 ft further away from us than when Apollo 11’s Eagle lander touched down.

    #1416102

    oriskany
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    Okay NOW it is time for this thread!  Apologies for posting it one month in advance!

     

    Good afternoon ~ Not really “military history” or “gaming related” – but a big  historical date today for those of us who also like space exploration and sci-fi …

    Apollo 11 50 Years

    #1416111

    hobbyhub
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    In New Zealand of the 6:00 pm News Hours has been charting the journey from take off to landing, which will be celebrated on Saturday, because timezones are a thing.

    Haven’t watched all of it, and don’t know if they will cover the return journey, but what I have seen has been interesting.

    #1416184

    limburger
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    Practically every tv channel has been doing something related to the moon missions.
    I caught a bit of one in which they mentioned that they had to do the landing manually due to a computer glitch or something.
    Wiki says the source of this was discovered in 2005 … yep, debugging is hard. I’m glad I’ve got modern tools to help, because you really need all the help available when doing this sort of thing.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11

    And speaking of names of those who are forgotten …
    I’m sure everyone remembers the name of the first man on the moon.
    Some might even know the lunar module pilot (hint : he’s not a toy ;-)). But I seriously doubt that anyone who isn’t a space geek even knows the name of the 3rd person in that crew without using Google.

    #1416199

    robert
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    @limburger I was saying exactly the same thing to someone yesterday about the third member of the crew and spent ages wrecking my brain trying to think of whom it was… then I saw something on Twitter and went that’s his name… I knew he had the same name as a famous Irishman!

    Speaking of Ireland – Ireland’s only Planetarium is located in my own home “city” (its is town sized and it only a city due to its historical importance – some of which I think is made up) and there are quite a few events on over this weekend.

    Apollo, Armagh and the Place for Space

    #1416253

    robert
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    Just had to share this!

    #1416254

    oriskany
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    I don’t know who Michael Collins is without Google? There’s a Shepard-class frigate named after him in Darkstar.  🙂

    Oh, and damn … that is an epic Lunar Module painting video @robert .

    Damn, all this, plus Historicon, I really want to start painting minis again…

    #1416435

    oriskany
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    It’s time for another big Darkstar game!  We have four factions in this one, with players on both sides of the pond!  Given the date, I decided to just for fun to have Earth’s moon on the table (that’s the moon to scale, 180 km to the hex), with three orbital cities overhead, named for the three astronauts of Apollo 11.  Also, gotta have at least one American ship in the mix, hence USS Princeton.

    Interested in checking it out and hanging out as we game live on the web?  Ping me a PM and I will send you a link to our web conference (we start at about 1730 UK Time today).

    Full project here:

    Darkstar Live Game – Apollo 11 Commemorative -1730 UK Time 20 July

    #1416455

    jamjarst
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    My favourite “nerd fact” about Michael Collins is that he took this picture of Eagle returning to the Command Module Columbia (see link below) and in it you can see Eagle and the Earth which means that Collins is the only Human Being who is not in the picture 🙂

    https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/michael-collins-picture-1969/

    #1416509

    oriskany
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    There was LITERALLY no one to hold the camera for him.  This may be the biggest historical example of when a selfie stick would have REALLY BEEN helpful.  🙂 🙂 🙂

    #1416511

    robert
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    @oriskany Let me fix that for you – “This may be the only historical example of when using a selfie stick would have been acceptable” 🙂

    #1416584

    oriskany
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    Thanks @robert – I stand corrected 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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