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Apollo 12 pre-launch, Some shots from a VIP tour of KSC, August 1969
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post Jul 29 2008, 05:29 PM
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Once inside the VAB, we see the low bay:


The bottom of the first stage of the Saturn V (see previous posts for other views):



And looking down in the high bay:



This CM was sitting in the facility but I don't believe it was the Apollo 12 CM:



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post Jul 29 2008, 05:38 PM
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Now we leave for some of the other buildings at the Cape:

First, one of the firing rooms, adjacent to the VAB:



Then this building, which I believe houses the centrifuge for G-training: (great 1960's car, huh?!)



And the centrifuge itself:



I believe this is a vacuum or space environment chamber:



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post Jul 29 2008, 05:54 PM
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And finally:

The CSM translation and docking simulator:


The CSM simulator:



Control panels for the CSM simulator (badly scanned in conversion from slides, sorry about the stripe):



The LM simulator:



A lecture on the Portable Life Support System (PLSS), and you can see some water-cooled undergarments in the background. Anyone recognize the lecturer? He looks familiar to me but I can't place him.



One of the Apollo 11 moon rocks, less than two months after being taken off of the Moon. oDoug can probably tell you which one it is!


And this CM, not sure which mission it was.


That's it! Wish I had been there to see this in person!


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post Jul 29 2008, 06:00 PM
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I'd feel the need to go 'hmm- too many images in these posts' - but WHAT images - they're amazing!

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post Jul 29 2008, 07:39 PM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Jul 29 2008, 02:00 PM) *
I'd feel the need to go 'hmm- too many images in these posts' - but WHAT images - they're amazing!

Doug


Thanks for indulging me, Doug. When I started putting these up, I just couldn't stop. I don't think I appreciated how rich a history was in these images.

My dad would have been happy to know these were being shared with such an austere community! He would have turned 81 this past week, I think this was a good way for me to celebrate all that he did.
--Jonathan


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post Jul 29 2008, 07:59 PM
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Jonathan,

What was your father's job?
Not many people got the cook's tour of that particular kitchen at that particular time!
Thank you for sharing!

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post Jul 29 2008, 08:48 PM
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My dad was a design engineer for ... well, let's say "the intelligence community." His office was the one from whom NASA solicited low-light TV camera technology, when it was decided relatively late in the game to send a TV camera to the lunar surface on Apollo 11. That may have been why he was invited to take this tour.


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post Jul 29 2008, 08:49 PM
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> Wish I had been there to see this in person!

Me too, me too!!! Thanks for sharing these slides and keep them on a safe place. That's a treasure.

> ... 'hmm- too many images in these posts' ...

Jonathan, if you have time may I suggest to edit the posts and substitute the pictures by thumbnails linking to the real goodies. That would greatly reduce the bandwidth demand on both yours' and the client's sites. The code in the post would look like:
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post Jul 30 2008, 12:51 AM
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QUOTE (Tesheiner @ Jul 29 2008, 04:49 PM) *
> ... 'hmm- too many images in these posts' ...

Jonathan, if you have time may I suggest to edit the posts and substitute the pictures by thumbnails linking to the real goodies. That would greatly reduce the bandwidth demand on both yours' and the client's sites. The code in the post would look like:
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[url="http://your.site/the-picture.jpg"][img]http://your.site/the-thumbnail.jpg[/img][/url]

Thanks, I got wrapped up in trying to get them all online rather than Doing The Right Thing. Hopefully everything is corrected now, and also ready for when I transition off of my ISP next month.


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post Jul 30 2008, 01:10 AM
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Those pictures of the CSM and LM simulators and associated control equipment are quite rare!

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post Jul 30 2008, 01:59 AM
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For real. I've never seen the like before, ever. Thanks again for sharing this with us, IL! smile.gif Your Dad really added to the history of Apollo in our minds with these shots; really never visualized the magnitude & difficulty of the task before.


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post Jul 30 2008, 02:44 AM
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nprev, you will *really* like this DVD set:

"Mighty Saturns"

Maybe some library near you has copies. The quarterly status reports are the best part I thought and show all problems as well as successes and tons of manufacturing processes related segments.

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post Jul 30 2008, 02:45 AM
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For me, the astounding juxtaposition is seeing that clunker car outside of the building. You have to say it over and over again to make it sink in: we went to the Moon with 1960's technology, and we no longer have the technology to do it!

To give you youngsters a feel for what 1960's technology was like: When Intrepid came around the edge of the Moon, in powered descent and en route to landing, the engineers in Mission Control were frantically trying to compute an adjusted flight path. They were using paper and pencil and slide rules because THERE WERE NO COMPUTERS IN MISSION CONTROL THAT COULD DO MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION!!!!


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Well, the old adage is 'spit & baling wire'...they always forget to mention genius & dedication, for some reason. Astounding. smile.gif


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QUOTE (Airbag @ Jul 29 2008, 09:10 PM) *
Those pictures of the CSM and LM simulators and associated control equipment are quite rare!

Airbag


The big boxes over the window displays are very interesting. They had to simulate a view that would be like looking at infinity - no parallax even if the astronaut moved his head. so they couldn't use a straightforward TV display. They had an elaborate series of beamsplitters and projectors, and even so, the "exit pupil" (i.e., usable area from which the crewman could view) was such that the crewman could only move his head up to 4 inches (10 cm) from the center position and still have the display look realistic. The window displays were expensive; according to NASA Technical Note D-7112, they accounted for about 30-40% of the total cost of the simulators!


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