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SpaceAholic
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posted 07-20-2009 12:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A number of years ago I had previously energized the electroluminescent lighting and meters on one of Apollo lunar module panels (#3) in the collection but had not established the specific pinouts to enable the panel's Lunar Contact light. With the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, there was sufficient incentive to work through the technical issues to trigger illumination of the Contact Light.

Images below show (perhaps for the first time since Apollo 17) the light illuminated (in combination with the rest of the panel). Unfortunately the contact light is so bright (relative to the EL panel lighting) it overdrove the camera chip and (for this amateur photographer) made for a very challenging shot.

Second image provided with the contact light extinguished and the third photograph is the rig kluged together to replicate the necessary power for the "event" (in the case of the Lunar Contact light, DC power is being inputted to pins which would have received voltage from the Lunar Surface Sensor Probes mounted on three of the four LM legs).

freshspot
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posted 07-20-2009 03:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for freshspot   Click Here to Email freshspot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A fitting tribute, Scott. Thank you for sharing.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-20-2009 04:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very neat Scott! Now I want a Contact Light night light...

space1
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posted 07-20-2009 05:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your inspired efforts.

OK, now we all want to see it ourselves and pretend we're on the moon. We'll all meet at your place tonight. You've got enough beer, right?

SpaceAholic
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posted 07-20-2009 07:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gary Milgrom just post processed the image... the contrast enhanced photo has been reposted above (may require browser cache refresh to see it). Much better. Thanks Gary!

andrewcli
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posted 07-20-2009 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for andrewcli   Click Here to Email andrewcli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice Scott! You should make a video with audio.

davidcwagner
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posted 07-20-2009 08:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for davidcwagner   Click Here to Email davidcwagner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonderful job Scott.

E2M Lem Man
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posted 07-20-2009 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man   Click Here to Email E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have seen some spacecraft artifacts - but that's special - Thanks, Scott!

MadSci
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posted 07-22-2009 11:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadSci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott - that's probably the neatest tribute anyone has done this year! I hope someone lurking here shows your photos to Buzz and Neil - who must have seen this in their minds a thousand time since 1969 and would love to see it again!

(I agree, when does the Limited Edition 120VAC nite lite come out? I, err, my son, would love one in his, err, my room. )

skye12
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posted 08-01-2009 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for skye12   Click Here to Email skye12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is really something. Very original.

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