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moorouge
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posted 07-07-2012 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by jasonelam:
Callsigns. Eagle for Vostok 2 and Apollo 11, Falcon for Soyuz 9, Vostok 3 and Apollo 15.
Correct again. An interesting point is that the call-sign was the cosmonaut not the spacecraft. They kept it throughout their career.

The last American to fly solo was Evans on Apollo 17.

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Originally posted by moorouge:
The last American to fly solo was Evans on Apollo 17.
The last American to fly solo was Brian Binnie on the second X PRIZE qualifying flight of SpaceShipOne in October 2004.

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posted 07-07-2012 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do sub-orbital hops count as proper flights?

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I'm fairly certain Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom wouldn't want anyone discounting their Mercury flights...

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Guess we could count Yeager and some other X-Plane pilots in there too if SpaceShipOne was considered a "space flight"?

+1 for Ron Evans.

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By international standards — and by that I mean the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale's ruling by which the Soviet Union and the United States defined its records during the early space race — space begins at 62 miles (100 kilometers).

That is why Alan Shepard was the first American in space and Chuck Yeager was not.

If you discount Binnie's flight, then you also consider John Glenn to be the first American astronaut in space.

Now back to the trivia: What is "Astronaut Water" and what company bottled it?

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posted 07-07-2012 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM1   Click Here to Email LM1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The question was "Who was the last person to fly in space alone.' Not the first person and not the last American. My interpretation of the question was the last person to fly an orbital flight alone. If we are going to count every sub-orbital flight, I will need a very long tape measure.

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So in the spirit of trivia, there have only been five people in history to fly above 62 miles (100 km) on suborbital flights. Name them.

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posted 07-07-2012 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If we only count orbital missions, Ron Evans would be the winner, but since I forgot the suborbital flights, I would take Brian Binnie as well.

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posted 07-07-2012 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Joe Walker, Oleg Makarov, Vasili Lazarev, Mike Melvill and Brian Binnie (7 people).

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Very good. I hadn't been counting Makarov and Lazarev because they launched on an orbital mission that aborted before entering orbit, but given the phrasing of my question, they certainly qualify.

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posted 07-07-2012 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are 4 U.S. States that have not been the birthplace of an astronaut who has flown in space. Name them.

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posted 07-07-2012 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sy Liebergot   Click Here to Email Sy Liebergot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, what was the brand/name of the cigars that Kraft passed out and we smoked in the MOCR especially after the successful rcovery of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 astronauts? See any photos.

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Originally posted by jasonelam:
If we only count orbital missions, Ron Evans would be the winner, but since I forgot the suborbital flights, I would take Brian Binnie as well.
Why Ron Evans? If you mean his brief time alone on Apollo 17, that was well before the Chinese Taikonaut solo mission. Evans was not last.

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posted 07-07-2012 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MattJL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Sy Liebergot:
Okay, what was the brand/name of the cigars...
R. G. Dun Palmas?

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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
What is "Astronaut Water" and what company bottled it?
Ordinary water in space themed bottles, and it was bottled by Canada Dry.

Here's one: Name the only astronaut to fly on all five shuttles, and name the shuttle they flew on twice.

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posted 07-08-2012 01:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nobody seems to be prepared to offer an answer to my question as to who selected Carpenter for the MA-7 mission once Slayton was ruled out. So, here's the answer.

The decision to use Carpenter rather than Schirra, the original back-up, was made by Walter Williams, the Operations Team Leader. It was made in the light of the delays and the length of training for MA-6. Carpenter, as Glenn's back-up, was the most prepared for what was basically a repeat mission.

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posted 07-08-2012 04:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Name the only astronaut to fly on all five shuttles, and name the shuttle they flew on twice.
Story Musgrave is the only astronaut to fly on all five orbiters. He flew twice on Challenger. STS-6 and STS-51F.

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Originally posted by MattJL:
Ordinary water in space themed bottles, and it was bottled by Canada Dry.
Close — it was Canada Dry Laboratories, but the water was triple distilled. The bottling, first in glass for Gemini 8 and then in a plastic capsule-shaped bottle for Gemini 9 was done to draw press interest in Canada Dry's role in the program, rather than sell to the public (source).

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posted 07-08-2012 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by LM1:
Why Ron Evans? If you mean his brief time alone on Apollo 17, that was well before the Chinese Taikonaut solo mission. Evans was not last.
Good point...Thanks!

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Originally posted by MattJL:
R. G. Dun Palmas?
Yep, R.G. Dunn La Palma Deluxe (machine made) cigars. How was you know that? It took me a whole day, including photo enhancements to figure that out.

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How was you know that?
A lot of image searching (and a bit of luck) that lead me to a cigar aficionado forum. The image in question was taken in the MOCR during Apollo 11's moonwalk, and it showed the box (with an obscured label) sitting atop one of the consoles.

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posted 07-08-2012 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sy Liebergot   Click Here to Email Sy Liebergot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, that's the pic of the box sitting on top of Kraft's console. Terrible cigars.

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Okay, this is a really wild guess, and is probably wrong, but each one of those insignia has something relating to the United States on them.
The answer I was looking for was that the patches for 9, 12, 15, and 16 do not have the Earth on them - the others do.

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John Young and Jim Lovell share this distinction, alone of the M-G-A astronauts (possibly also one or more of the shuttle era astronauts, I cannot say for sure). What is it?

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John Young and Jim Lovell share this distinction, alone of the M-G-A astronauts...
They commanded their second Gemini missions but not their first Apollo assignments.

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John Young and Jim Lovell share this distinction...
Each flew two Gemini missions and two Apollo missions, their first Gemini as Pilot and their second as Command Pilot; then flew two Apollo missions apiece, the first as CMP and their second as Commander. Also, each flew a Saturn V rocket twice.

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Who is the only astronaut to fly two shuttles' first flights? Also who was the only astronaut to fly two orbiters' second flights?

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Cdr Bobko, flew on the first mission of Challenger and Atlantis.

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The Lovell/Young answer I was looking for is that they each flew a mission in a "subordinate" role after having commanded another mission, which is the gist of the responses given, so correct.

The flying twice on Saturn Vs part doesn't distinguish them, though — Dave Scott and Gene Cernan did that as well.

Okay, try this: NASA has used six different launch systems/rockets for manned flights (not counting "hitching" a ride on a Soyuz): Redstone, Atlas, Titan, Saturn 1B, Saturn V, and the shuttle stack. Unless I'm missing somebody, only four astronauts have launched on three different types out of the six (and nobody on four types). Who are they?

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Young, Conrad, Schirra, and Stafford

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How many cosmonauts flew on the Shuttle?

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Who rescued the STS-1 launch with the judicious use of a pair of pliers?

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Who rescued the STS-1 launch with the judicious use of a pair of pliers?
Loren Shriver used pliers to adjust Crippen's air hose.

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How many cosmonauts flew on the Shuttle?

21.

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My count is also 21 and includes one-way trips.

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Originally posted by dogcrew5369:
Loren Shriver used pliers to adjust Crippen's air hose.

Yep - so you've read 'Wings in Orbit' as well.

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Guess we could count Yeager and some other X-Plane pilots in there too...
Yeager didn't even get close to space.

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If Schmitt and Irwin did the same on their flights, I guess the real answer is 8.
I do believe Schmitt did a stand up EVA, Irwin definitely did while Worden retrieved the canisters.

He talks about his "moment in the sun" and Irwin only taking one photo and it's his "posterior".

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On Skylab, which astronaut got so annoyed with the draught blowing up his nose that he elected to sleep upside down?


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