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JasonB
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posted 05-24-2012 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I attended the Dave Scott lecture at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, OH on Tuesday night. He gave a nice lecture discussing his three missions that lasted nearly an hour and a half including taking some questions from the audience.

I was surprised by the low turnout at first. I got there an hour ahead and grabbed a front row seat since only maybe 10 people were there. The auditorium filled up and once he got there it was probably full. Though considering an Apollo moonwalker was giving a free lecture, I was surprised it wasn't filled up much earlier than it was.

They had signs posted saying he wouldn't sign autographs or pose for photos (it didn't stop people from trying to rush the steps when he got done), and he didn't. He did give a great lecture that was entertaining and inspiring. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy. For someone like me who has only met Jim Lovell and never gets anyone visiting Illinois where I live, it was great to see an Apollo moonwalker in person.

Blackarrow
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posted 05-24-2012 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dave Scott and Al Worden are great public speakers, as was the late Jim Irwin.

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posted 05-24-2012 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for APG85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did he take a look at the Apollo 15 Command Module? I always felt the museum could do a better job displaying it. Maybe even contract the Cosmosphere in Kansas to refurbish the interior (it's somewhat gutted from my understanding)...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-24-2012 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The command module is gutted, but for good reason.

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posted 05-24-2012 08:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He did say that they gave him a tour of the museum earlier in the day and that he greatly enjoyed seeing the Command Module and especially the planes his Dad had flown.

Unfortunately for me, since I was driving in from Illinois and forgot about the time change, I got there after the museum was closed and only caught a glimpse of a few early planes on my way to the auditorium. Maybe some other time I'll be lucky enough to be back that way and able to see it.

I did go to Wilbur Wrights birthplace and museum on the way there. A very interesting and isolated place. They had a fighter jet out front and a full size Wright Flyer in the basement. I was the only person there and the guy working there was real nice and just let me wonder around by myself.

I'd recommend a trip for anyone who hasn't been there but be prepared to be driving through about 10 miles of farmland before you finally reach it.

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posted 05-24-2012 10:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for APG85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
The command module is gutted, but for good reason.
Fascinating article. I would still like to see the Apollo 15 Command Module restored with replica panels (actually, a true purist would pull the panels from Apollo 16, re-install them in 15 and put the replicas in 16). This is common practice on aircraft restorations. Once complete, a placard could explain the history behind the spacecraft, it's panels and the restoration. Of course this takes effort and money...

dabolton
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posted 05-25-2012 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it possible that anything made it from Mercury/Gemini into Apollo and than ultimately the shuttle?

kr4mula
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posted 05-25-2012 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Only a crusty old piece of piloting hardware called John Young.

space1
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posted 05-25-2012 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pilot observation 16mm film cameras like those used in Mercury were mounted on the seat pallets of the unmanned Gemini 2. But I don't think they found their way beyond Gemini.

The Gemini drinking water gun was used on the early Apollo flights with little change in design. But that did not carry over into Shuttle.

Some survival kit items crossed over between programs, for example the machete. (Its handle was modified for Apollo, but otherwise the same as the Gemini.)

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posted 05-25-2012 05:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Isn't it great attending a lecture by the pioneers? I love it!

And this thread was a great space lesson for me today. I appreciate the cS website and all the contributers.

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