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Astramus
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posted 01-10-2018 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Astramus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone tell me the history of these photos posted on eBay?

Photos came from an estate sale of a former employee of Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 01-10-2018 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure of the detail but I recall this was what von Braun referred to as "The can opening." It was an experiment circa 1963/4 in which a couple of guys were locked in to a mock up lunar lab or MOLAB to test systems, suits and practicalities associated with long duration stays on the moon. The mock-up I believe was christened "Lunex II." After 18 days the test subjects were let out to be met by von Braun and their respective wives.

The names of the participants escapes me but neither were astronauts.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 01-10-2018 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As Rick mentioned, the MOLAB program got started in 1963 as a NASA Apollo Logistics Support Systems project by GE (and I think with Boeing and Bendix as well). It was a simulated mobile lunar laboratory, also named "MGL" for Mobile Geological Laboratory, that accommodated a pair of non-astronaut test subjects in 1964 within its 13 square meter wheeled cabin-module up to 14 days.

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posted 01-11-2018 02:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Astramus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the information.

Dirk
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posted 01-12-2018 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dirk   Click Here to Email Dirk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These two men were wearing the suit von Braun once tried out.

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