Pat Collins, left, Jan Armstrong and Joan Aldrin, the wives of the Apollo 11 astronauts, greet their husbands on arrival at Ellington Air Force base near Houston, Texas. The crew still were under a 21 day quarantine in a Mobile Quarantine Facility, which served as their home until they reached the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) Lunar Receiving Laboratory. COURTESY OF NASA
Hello, space cadets! In July, the world — and Brevard in particular — celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Here’s some trivia to add to your space savviness.
1. What was the name of the rocket that carried the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon?
2. Why were the spectators so far away from the launch site?
3. How tiny was Neil Armstrong’s “one small step?”
4. Speaking of one small step, what did Armstrong really say when he stepped on the moon?
5. Which of the three astronauts aboard Apollo 11 did not step on the moon in 1969?
6. Which astronaut had a song written about him?
7. How much did the Apollo program cost?
8. How powerful were the Apollo 11 computers?
9. What was the cuisine like on the moon for Aldrin and Armstrong?
10. How about drinks?
11. Who made the famous flag that was planted on the moon?
12. What is on the plaque Armstrong and Aldrin left on the moon?
1. The massive Saturn V, a 363-foot-tall beast, was responsible. You can walk under one of them at Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex.
2. With enough fuel to throw 100-pound shrapnel 3 miles away, the Saturn V could have done a lot of damage were it to have exploded during the takeoff. NASA thought it best to seat VIP spectators 3½ miles away, just to be safe.
3. Actually, it was pretty big, because Armstrong was such a good pilot that he landed the lunar module very gently and the shock absorbers that were supposed to compress did not, requiring Armstrong to take a 3½-foot leap for his boots to touch the moon.
4. Neil Armstrong was adamant that he had said “one step for a man,” but many folks didn’t hear that little “a,” which made a big difference.
“Certainly the ‘a’ was intended, because that’s the only way the statement makes any sense,” countered the astronaut in a 2006 biography.
5. That would be Michael Collins, who circled the Moon awaiting his colleagues’ return.
6. That would again be Michael Collins, for Jethro Tull penned “For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me” as a musical poem about the loneliness Collins must have felt waiting for the return of Aldrin and Armstrong.
7. It took $24 billion, comparable to $100 billion today, to enlist the 400,000 engineers, scientists and technicians required to put a man on the Moon.
8. They had less processing power than a high-end cellphone of today.
9. It certainly was no cruise ship buffet, but the astronauts did have two meal choices: bacon squares and beef stew.
10. Tang to the contrary, drinking water was the beverage of choice. A by-product of the fuel cells, the water was bubbly because the hydrogen gas filters didn’t work during the mission.
11. According to Craig Nelson, author of “Rocket Men,” Sears provided the flag. NASA did not credit the company in order to avoid another “Tang” episode.
12. “Here men from the Planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
maddogfagin: Would that be general info or searches into users details, passwords etc ?
Jun 3, 2020 7:06:57 GMT
rredmond: I think they just troll around the boards gathering public information. If you shut them down, then things like google searches will find the forums less. The more info you have out there the easier it is to be found... whether for good or for bad.
Jun 5, 2020 0:19:08 GMT
rredmond: So the Google will find any searches for Jethro Tull forums or proboards. But if someone searched to figure out what Barriemore Barlow's favorite Tull song is, it wouldn't have that information. So they wouldn't know it was Mouse Police.
Jun 5, 2020 0:22:38 GMT
rredmond: I help run a couple D&D forums, and when one of them stopped allowing the bots, his forum went from like page 1 of the searches, to way down in the pack.
Jun 5, 2020 0:23:17 GMT
maddogfagin: I wonder how many of the so called bots are actually the tull trolls instead
Jun 7, 2020 7:04:47 GMT
futureshock: Here's wishing everyone persistent health! Times are getting more optimistic! Activism is UP, and fear of getting involved in important issues, is dropping faster than the Vegas odds on Trump being elected again. Cheers!
Jun 7, 2020 23:10:01 GMT
maddogfagin: Thanks futureshock - hope you're ok likewise
Jun 8, 2020 15:01:16 GMT
stormsongs: Hi. Newbie, first time here as I have a question I can't get an answer to......I have a vivid memory of buying Lifes a Long Song in 71 and it had a gatefold sleeve....but I can't find any evidence of that or a copy with that sleeve...
Jun 12, 2020 14:25:44 GMT
maddogfagin: Welcome to the JT Forum stormsongs. Not seen a UK Life is a long song gatefold sleeve but there's no doubting they may have been some overseas releases issued this way.
Jun 13, 2020 6:14:41 GMT
futureshock: So, IF you are musical yourself, what are you doing with the CoronaCoda lockdown experience and maybe extra personal time available to find or create more music, or explore instrument playing? How has dealing with musicians changed? Gigs? Spinoff ideas?
Jun 14, 2020 23:01:49 GMT
maddogfagin: Listening to a lot of concert recordings via CD and finding some great music on youtube which I've never heard before. My days of playing guitar are behind me these days due to my damn fingers not wanting to work properly.
Jun 15, 2020 6:37:05 GMT
steelmonkey: Would you like to hear a perfectly constructed, note,rhythm,lyrical and atmosphere piece of Tull perfection? Yes? Try 'Saboteur' on 'Under Wraps'. Flawless.
Jun 22, 2020 21:05:43 GMT
maddogfagin: Under Wraps is an often maligned album by a minority but to the majority it stands amongst the finest of their eighties output. A great album.
Jun 28, 2020 6:43:28 GMT
steelmonkey: Under Wraps is sui generis. Strong everything. Something(s) about it amaze and astound with each listen.
Jun 28, 2020 19:30:42 GMT
steelmonkey: Double work shifts in surging hospital to allow 2 week vacation soon...miss my friends in the Tull treehouse but back soon. Breaks at work have gone the way of the dinosaurs.
Jul 8, 2020 3:29:26 GMT
piscesguy: It looks like someone else has taken my moniker piscesguy and added the name jack prentiss to it. That's okay but I cannot locate an earlier post I had left now. Does anyone know how to resolve this? thank you
Jul 9, 2020 19:09:58 GMT
maddogfagin: Please see my PM to you.
Jul 10, 2020 6:41:59 GMT
steelmonkey: I prefer Scorpios, Leos, Taurases( Tauri?), Cancers and Capricorns but Pisces on the bubble of all right.
Jul 10, 2020 20:52:34 GMT
maddogfagin: So what's wrong with us Aquarians then. I'm gonna write to your President and complain
Jul 13, 2020 13:26:20 GMT