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moorouge
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posted 04-18-2014 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know it has been done before but this is a variation with a twist.

Which two of the astronauts you have met would you select to be your crew mates on an Apollo lunar landing flight?

My selection is Al Worden and Ken Mattingly. They both have a dry wit and the sort of keen sense of humour that appeals to me and they have shown themselves adept at solving in flight problems. I might even be prepared to stay in the CM whilst they took the LM down for a landing. Both deserved the chance to be 'moonwalkers'.

Headshot
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posted 04-18-2014 10:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dick Gordon and I would land at Tycho crater while Joe Engle remained in lunar orbit.

carmelo
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posted 04-18-2014 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apollo 20, the last Apollo mission on the moon:
  • I CMDR
  • Paul Weitz CMP
  • Bruce McCandless LMP

Chariot412
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posted 04-18-2014 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
  • Pete Conrad and Charlie Duke
  • Backup crew: Dave Scott and Gene Cernan

randy
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posted 04-18-2014 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's my choices:
  • Me CDR
  • Wally Schirra CMP
  • Pete Conrad LMP

Cozmosis22
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posted 04-18-2014 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
  • Me - CDR (of course )
  • Jack Lousma - CMP
  • Ron Evans - LMP

Headshot
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posted 04-18-2014 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Randy, with a crew like that you would have been the focus of so many pranks and gotchas you would not have know if you were coming or going!

lunardreamer
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posted 04-18-2014 02:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunardreamer   Click Here to Email lunardreamer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
  • Me as commander.
  • Michael Collins as LMP
  • Neil Armstrong as CMP
I imagine it would be fun to explore the lunar surface with Collins. And, I can't think of anyone better to be waiting in lunar orbit to take us home.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-18-2014 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
  • Me (Commander)
  • Neil Armstrong (Lunar Module Pilot)
  • Ken Mattingly (CMP)
I can't think of anybody better for each role... and Armstrong isn't bad either.

Delta7
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posted 04-18-2014 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
  • CDR: Me.
  • CMP: Dick Gordon.
  • LMP: Pete Conrad.

Grounded!
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posted 04-18-2014 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Grounded!   Click Here to Email Grounded!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
  • CDR: Fred Haise
  • LMP: Me
  • CMP: Dick Gordon
This would put two Freds together on the surface of the moon. I can't think of a better scenario.

p51
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posted 04-18-2014 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Going with the assumption that none of the other crew had done their real-life landings before the one this crew list is for...
  • CDR: Yours Truly
  • LMP: Al Bean
  • CMP: Al Worden
I can hear it now, "Houston, This is the Lee and Beano show, coming to you from Copernicus crater..."

randy
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posted 04-18-2014 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Headshot- We would've got the mission sucessfully done and had a GREAT time doing it!

Headshot
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posted 04-18-2014 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not to mention that the onboard tapes and the air to ground transmissions would be a hoot to read.

At what altitude, during your decent, do you think that Schirra would radio you to ask, "Are you a turtle?" 50 feet or 10 feet?

David C
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posted 04-18-2014 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well no-one said they had to be Apollo astronauts and I'd aim to have fun so of those I've met:
  • CDR: "Hoot" Gibson
  • CMP: Jim Lovell
  • LMP: And that leaves me in the "tourist" slot.
All navy crew. Sadly I never met Pete Conrad but suspect he may have pipped Hoot.

p51
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posted 04-18-2014 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Heck, Al and I could break out sketch pads on the surface!

music_space
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posted 04-18-2014 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
  • CDR: Alan Bean
  • LMP: François Guay
  • CMP: Michael Collins

moorouge
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posted 04-18-2014 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Headshot:
At what altitude, during your decent, do you think that Schirra would radio you to ask, "Are you a turtle?" 50 feet or 10 feet?

Wally wouldn't have phrased it quite like that. I'm happy to report that both my selected crew mates still are.

Rob Joyner
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posted 04-18-2014 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wally Schirra and Al Worden.

Charlie16
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posted 04-19-2014 04:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great fantasy! I would have chosen to fly with John Young, Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell... Me? Inside the cargo bay as a package!

Fra Mauro
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posted 04-26-2014 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My crew -- Fred Haise CDR, Gene Cernan CMP, Me, LMP.

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