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Robert Pearlman

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posted 03-25-2010 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Analytical Graphics video release
A New Chapter in History: AGI Revisits Apollo 13 on its 40th Anniversary

April 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Apollo 13's historic space flight. In honor of the occasion, AGI and noted space author Andrew Chaikin teamed up to tell a part of the story that they unearthed and validated with the help of original mission personnel.

This animation is narrated by Chaikin, author of "A Man on the Moon." In the video, he explains how he and AGI engineers used STK software to analyze data from Apollo 13. In doing so, they came up with information that challenged conventional wisdom. Most history books had long speculated that if the Apollo 13 crew had not been able to bring their stranded craft safely back home, they would have orbited Earth indefinitely. Using AGI's STK software to reenact the event, AGI and Chaikin learned that the crew's fate would have been far different.

Credit: Analytical Graphics, Inc.

Fra Mauro

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posted 03-25-2010 11:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I supposee that in this scenario, the tragedy is lessened only a little since our heroes would be coming home and have a funeral in a sense. I wonder how the American public would have reacted that day. Almost a double trauma--one when the crew perished and the second when they returned.


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posted 03-26-2010 07:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fascinating research and great graphics.

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