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mjanovec
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posted 03-06-2007 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by spaced out:
He doesn't win a million Euros, but then the question was only for 3000 Euros.
Was that his wife shaking her head at the end? She didn't seem too pleased with his answer... because it appears she knew it was wrong.

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Copernicus is rolling over in his grave. Are we witnessing the birth of another Dark Age?

I asked some people here at work if they knew the answer and they all answered "the sun". I am saddened by the whole thing.

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Originally posted by spaceflori:
Who was the last man on the moon?
Well now I'm really confused. Everyone knows that Jack Schmitt was the last man on the moon. A guy named Cernan was the last to leave footprints on the moon. Or something like that; well, that's another post somewhere from the past.

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I would take the question to be literally who was the last person on the lunar surface. Schmitt climbed into the LM before Cernan did, leaving Cernan to be the last man on the moon.

Schmitt's claim is to the 12th person to set on the moon. Even though he is No. 12 out of 12, he isn't the last.

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Mention of this quiz question was made on Astroaddies a few days back, and if I remember correctly the question on Millionaire was framed as "Which astronaut was the last to leave a footprint on the moon?" and not "Who was the last man on the moon?"

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Springing from this thread, here's a good question for any trivia competition for pedants:

If eleventh is penultimate and twelfth is ultimate how can eleventh also be ultimate and twelfth be penultimate?

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Seriously though it seems ridiculous to us that they can't answer these question but I know theres a lot of subjects I'd have no clue about. Could care less about.

Because my interest lies in space technology and space history I know a lot about it. Much more that the average American. However stuff like ancient Egyptian history or whatever the topic might be I wouldn't know about cause its not that interesting to me.

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posted 03-19-2007 07:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tonight on Jeopardy, the Final Jeopardy question was:
On May 5, 1961 he exclaimed, "What a great view!"
Two contestants wrote, "Who is John Glenn?"

The winner wrote, "Who is Shepherd?"

Good thing they don't disqualify for misspelling! He won about $23,000!

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I believe the Shepard quote is "What a beautiful view." Not to be confused with "Oh, that view is tremendous!" They have got to stop asking these trick questions!

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Yep, you're right, Bill. I got my adjectives mixed up!

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I was just watching this midday rerun show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" and the first question was space related. Here it is:

What is Yuri Gagarins claim to fame?
Of course the answer is first man in space. She did not know the answer and had to ask the audience. Only 68% knew the correct answer. That's pretty bad.

There was a second space related question. Here it is:

What does the moondust smells like?
I knew it as soon as she read this $100,000 question. Of course the answer was gun powder. Believe it or not the man in the hotseat had to call a friend and after the friend figured it is mothballs. Can you believe it? Mothballs. He really took his answer and of course lost. Unbelieveable. How do such people get invited to a show where knowledge is put to test. Really sad.

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This reminds me of an episode of the British quiz 'The Weakest Link' where host Anne Robinson asked a woman contestant the question:
What name links an Astronaut who went to the moon and a famed Irish revolutionary leader?
Her answer: "Neil Armstrong".

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Dom, That's a good one. By chance just now received my first signed book of the man in the mail. He signed it 7/19/09 at Washington D.C. A day before the 40th anniversary moonwalk. The other signers were Bean and Buzz. What was his name again?

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May I give a little background to the quiz I set. In the UK (perhaps US?) there is a popular quiz show called Mastermind. This consists of two rounds for the contestants - one on a chosen specialist subject and the other on general knowledge.

Back in the seventies a contestant chose as his specialist subject 'Manned Spaceflight'. The questions in my quiz are largely based on those I wrote for the show.

As followers of Mastermind will know, a score of 10 or more is very commendable for this section of the show.

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posted 01-15-2010 03:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for minipci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can you remember what score that Mastermind contestant got? Was he a real space geek?

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posted 01-15-2010 05:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He was a member of the BIS and as I recall he got 11.

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posted 01-15-2010 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for minipci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not bad at all!

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posted 02-03-2010 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On tonight's JEOPARDY! a young man representing Santa Clara University impressed me very much by responding immediately that the 5th Moonwalker was Alan Shepard!

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Yea he was a sharp kid. But I think he also had more info. I can't recall for sure but I think the answer also included that the astronaut was the first American in space.

These are the kind of kids who will carry us into the next phase of space exploration, in spite of recent events.

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Some weeks ago in German version of "Who wants to be a millionaire?" the question was what profession Hans Schlegel, Reinhold Ewald, Ernst Messerschmid and Gerhard Thiele have in common. If I recollect my memory correctly the candidate missed it.

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posted 04-29-2010 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two oldies but goodies... from "What's My Line?" (with thanks to Francis French).

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Yesterday's final Jeopardy question was about Dave Scott's hammer and feather experiment on the moon. It asked whose theory was proven correct by it.

The answer of course, is Galileo.

Two of the contestants got it correct, the other picked Sir Issaac Newton.

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...not to leave out Maj. John Glenn on Name That Tune on October 4, 1957; and T.J. O'Malley on What's My Line? on March 3, 1962.

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On tonight's JEOPARDY! college tournament one of the answers stated this astronaut was the first American in space and went on to become the fifth person on the Moon...

One of the contestants, a young man, buzzed in and got it right, "Who is Shepard?!"

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A rerun from February? (See several posts up.) Or do they recycle questions that much?

If they hadn't added the "first American" part and just asked "fifth moonwalker", I would have buzzed immediately, but to be honest I'm not sure in three seconds my brain would have time to go "two on 11 two on 12 none on 13 first out on 14 would be commander so answer is Shepard."

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You're correct! It was a rerun! And it was my post too! I checked the JEOPARDY! site, recognized some of the names of the contestants and then saw that the young man who responded was from the same college as in my post from February! I guess Alex is taking an extra long vacation!

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There was a Final Jeopardy question 3-4 years ago, "The first woman to command a Space Shuttle mission." Two contestants drew blanks, the other wrote "Who is Eileen Smith."

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Just in case anyone didn't see it, tonight's episode of Mastermind on BBC2 featured a specialist round on the Apollo program.

I don't know if they tend to repeat the show at any time but I'm assuming it will be on the BBC I-Player for anyone who wants to pit their wits against John Humphries!

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Another Final Jeopardy which has also repeated at least once as a Daily Double asked for the third man on Apollo 11.

And another I recall asked about ticker tape parades in NYC with the Apollo 11 crew being the answer. I believe the question revolved around it being the most attended.

You can search for all the old space questions on J! Archive.

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Mae Jemison was featured, with photo, on JEOPARDY! last night.

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Here in the Netherlands I remember the question: what Space Shuttle was recently launched to repair a space telescope? The answers were something like: Gemini, Hubble, Spacelab, Apollo. The right answer was not there! The candidate answered Hubble, which was what they were looking for.

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Originally posted by Paul23:
...for anyone who wants to pit their wits against John Humphries!
I did - got same as contestant.

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In the comfort of my own home and watching the Apollo/Mastermind program on BBC iplayer I surprised myself by getting every question correct.

I suspect, had I been sat in the contestants place I would have porky piged my way to a more modest total.

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I only got the last question wrong, I actually thought I didn't know the answer until it was read out then I realised I did know it after all!

Like you though, had I been subject to the pressure of being sat in the black chair I'm not sure I would have got any of them!

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The BBC's 'Mastermind' had someone answering questions on Soviet spaceflight yesterday. Unfortunately I can't watch the episode on iPlayer because I don't live in the UK.

Anyone see it? What were the questions?

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Mr. Ewan McPherson, an IT Manager, was asked the following 15 questions on the Soviet Space Programme. The correct answers are listed below the questions.
  1. When Yuri Gagarin became the first man to go into space in 1961, he made how many orbits of the Earth?

  2. The identity of the Chief Designer of the Soviet space programme was kept a secret. He was buried in the wall of the Kremlin after his death in 1966. What was his name?

  3. Which Soviet spacecraft launched on January 2nd, 1959, became the first man-made object to escape from Earth's gravity?

  4. What was the name of the cosmodrome near Tyuratam in Kazakhstan, built for missile testing, but later used for space flights?

  5. Name the two dogs who returned safely to Earth in Sputnik 5 in August 1960.

  6. In August 1961, who became the second man after Yuri Gagarin to orbit the Earth?

  7. Which Soviet Marshal and Head of Strategic Rocket Forces insisted on supervising repairs to a fully fuelled rocket in October 1960? He was killed when it ignited prematurely.

  8. In which craft did Valentina Tereshkova become the first woman to go into space, completing 48 orbits in June 1963?

  9. Name the rocket that exploded shortly into its first test flight in February 1969, then blew up the launch pad on its second test flight in July 1969.

  10. In June 1963 which cosmonaut set the record for a solo spaceflight by spending almost five days alone in Vostok 5, completing 81 orbits of the Earth?

  11. What new name was given to the Vostok spacecraft after it was modified to carry more than one cosmonaut into space?

  12. Who was the first cosmonaut to make a space walk from Voskhod 2 in 1965?

  13. Which Russian space station was placed in Earth's orbit in 1986 and re-entered the Earth's atmosphere in 2001?

  14. Which cosmonaut was killed during a spaceflight in April 1967 when the parachutes on Soyuz 1 failed to open after re-entry?

  15. Which Soviet probe became the first man-made object on the Moon in 1959 to coincide with Khrushchev's visit to America?
  • One
  • Sergei Korolev
  • Luna 1
  • Baikonur
  • Belka and Strelka
  • Gherman Titov
  • Mitrofan Nedelin
  • Vostok 6
  • N-1
  • Valery Bykovsky
  • Voskhod
  • Alexei Leonov
  • Mir
  • Vladimir Komarov
  • Luna 2
Mr. McPherson scored 12 points on his specialist subject and a further 13 on general knowledge to finish third in a high-scoring contest.

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Thank you very much for posting these questions - it was really bugging me that I missed the episode!

Anyway, pleased to say I got 14 out of the 15 correct. (Wasn't sure which Luna it was on the last question!)

Does that now make me an "expert"

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You're most welcome. It took me over an hour to transcribe the questions from the BBC iPlayer, so I'm pleased it was worth the effort. A score of 14 is excellent. Congratulations!

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Only 11 I'm afraid. But then my excuse is that my main interest is in US spaceflight.

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15/15.

I was sweating that the next question might be something like the exact reentry date of Mir or list all the members of the Vostok-1 state commission


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