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[i]ALDRIN: In looking down at the time of the pitchover, I could see radiating out many, many particles of Kapton and pieces of thermal coating from the descent stage. It seemed almost to be going out with a slow-motion type view. It didn't seem to be dropping much in the near vicinity of the LM. I'm sure many of them were. They seemed to be going enormous distances from the initial PYRO firing and the ascent engine impinging upon the top of the descent stage.
ARMSTRONG: At the completion of the pitchover, you could easily detect visually that a strong positive outward radial rate had been established. There was no concern about attitude or falling back toward the Moon. I observed one sizable piece of the spacecraft flying along below us for a very long period of time after liftoff. I saw it hit the ground below us somewhere between 1 and 2 minutes into the trajectory.
MITCHELL: The staging (that was shown on the film) blew out an awful lot of crap from the interstage area; a lot of Mylar, I guess, shrapnel from the bolts. A lot of things blew out and it looked pretty messy on the screen as it happened. The staging sequence and the thrust onset made a pretty good shock. There was no buildup of thrust; all of a sudden it was there, and we were flying.
DUKE: I highly recommend that you put that thing (ALSEP) off to the left side of the LM if you can, if your experiments will allow you to. Because on lift-off, that MESA blanket we had went sailing right straight out front just like it did on 15 and impacted about a 100 meters out in front of the LM. It could have been another wipeout on the central station, like it almost was on 15, so that's probably a good idea to put it off to the left.[/i] [/B][/QUOTE]
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