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fredtrav
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posted 07-09-2012 03:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan Bean slept upside down to stop the air from going up his nose. From Homesteading Space.

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posted 07-09-2012 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Roughly what weight of ice adhered to the Saturn V just before launch?

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Roughly what weight of ice adhered to the Saturn V just before launch?
Depends on what you mean by "just before launch". In the case of SA-506, at S-IC ignition the frost weights were
  • S-IC: 1400 lb/635 kg
  • S-II: 450 lb/204 kg
  • S-IVB: 300 lb/136 kg
But by holddown arm release:
  • S-IC: 650 lb/295 kg
  • S-II: 450 lb/204 kg
  • S-IVB: 200 lb/91 kg
Looks like that S-II stage was stubborn, not shedding any frost prior to lift-off (although I see it was frost-free by S-II ignition).

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posted 07-09-2012 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, let me try this again...

What four U.S. states have NOT been the birthplace of an astronaut?

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posted 07-10-2012 12:31 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 fredtrav:
Alan Bean slept upside down to stop the air from going up his nose. From Homesteading Space.

Interesting response. Contemporary reports say that it was Pete Conrad.

Which raises another question. What, it is claimed, was Al Bean the only one to achieve on Skylab?

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posted 07-10-2012 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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What four U.S. states have NOT been the birthplace of an astronaut?
Alaska, Nevada, Vermont, and Wyoming.

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posted 07-10-2012 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As far as Bean sleeping upside down, you can read it in his journal in "Homesteading Space" on Page 286 and again on 288.

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posted 07-10-2012 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Right, killing three birds with one stone:

Mikej: I was thinking of a comment by Jack King during the Apollo 8 countdown when he said the weight of ice attached to the whole vehicle was about 1,200 pounds. This was one or two minutes before lift-off.

Fredtrav: What is "upside down" in space, and how can a weightless man in orbit be "upside down"?

Moorouge: Wasn't Bean the only astronaut who was able to float along the whole of Skylab's long axis without touching the sides?

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Which raises another question. What, it is claimed, was Al Bean the only one to achieve on Skylab?
He was the only crew member to be able to float down the central tunnel from one end to the other without touching anything.

It was that or he was the first astronaut to talk with his family privately. The first manned Skylab mission did not allow for the crew to talk privately with family, but NASA relaxed the rules for the second mission.

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posted 07-11-2012 12:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Wasn't Bean the only astronaut who was able to float along the whole of Skylab's long axis without touching the sides?

Quite correct.

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posted 07-11-2012 01:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A couple more Skylab questions.

What was the limit of audibility using a normal speaking voice?

What did the Skylab 2 crew leave behind in locker T027 because it wouldn't fit into the trash airlock?

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posted 07-11-2012 02:08 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 fredtrav:
As far as Bean sleeping upside down, you can read it in his journal in "Homesteading Space" on Page 286 and again on 288.

You may well be correct. However, this isn't the first time that contemporary accounts have differed from astronaut memoirs.

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posted 07-11-2012 07:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan Bean's journal, as reprinted in "Homesteading Space" is about as contemporary as an account can get: it was written aboard Skylab during the mission.

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posted 07-11-2012 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not going to argue Robert. However, the newspapers at the time clearly report that it was Conrad.

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Well, what's the date of these newspaper reports? If it's before the second mission, then maybe they BOTH did it. If it's later than that, then it's more likely to be a mistake.

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'Contemporary' means just that - written at the time of the flight.

And just to correct what appears to be a misrepresentation of what I actually said - I merely pointed out that Conrad was said at the time to have slept 'upside down'. I have never said that Bean didn't and acknowledged that there were two accounts of who did so.

Canyon42 is most likely correct - they both did.

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posted 07-11-2012 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In his autobiography, Chris Kraft tells of his friendship with Deke Slayton and how Deke taught him how to enjoy some of the finer "drinks" in the world. There was one time, however, where Chris questioned Deke's expertise. What was the questionable beverage? BONUS: where did the drink take place?

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posted 07-11-2012 05:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was when they went to St. Louis and Chris complained it was cold and Deke popped out of his briefcase a bottle of "White Lightning."

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What did Geunter Wendt tell Armstrong regarding "little green men" on the moon?

What did Wendt give the crew of Apollo 11 before liftoff?

Got these from my "The Light Stuff" book by Bob Ward.

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What did Wendt give the crew of Apollo 11 before liftoff?
It was a styrofoam crescent Moon, I think. I recall reading something about the "Keys to the Moon," but I'm not sure if they are one and the same.

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posted 07-12-2012 08:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What did the Apollo 11 crew give to Guenter Wendt?

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posted 07-16-2012 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I suppose I'd better give the answers to the two Skylab questions I posed.

Because of the low pressure atmosphere 15 ft was about limit of audibility with a normal speaking voice. Consequently crews were often hoarse through shouting.

The crew left behind in container T027 a urine separator that would not fit into trash airlock.

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Which was the first 100% commercially sponsored manned space mission?

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Was it not Mike Melvill's first flight to 62 miles on June 21, 2004 onboard SpaceShipOne.

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posted 07-19-2012 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Soyuz TM-30, the last flight to Mir.

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posted 08-12-2012 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This thread seems to have become dormant, so I'll try to give it the kiss of life!

What advice did LBJ give to Al Shepard following the latter's Mercury flight?

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posted 08-12-2012 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paraphrasing LBJ, it was a free meal and a trip to the bathroom. My question: name the only astronauts to play in a professional sports league..

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I believe Leland Melvin was on his way to being an NFL player before an injury. Carpenter was into Fencing. Pinky Nelson was a professional baseball prospect at one point, Sally Ride was a Junior Tennis Pro, Sonny Carter played pro soccer and Steve Smith played on college Water Polo teams. Of course not all these are pro. Not sure if that is all.

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What did the Apollo 11 crew give to Guenter Wendt?
Guenter was a fisherman who sometimes embellished his fish stories. Mike Collins got the smallest trout he could find (roughly the size of a minnow) and nailed it, uncured, to a plaque inscribed, "Guenter's Trophy Trout".

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posted 10-11-2012 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not much action here for a while. Let's try another one...

What was the first satellite to be placed in geostationary orbit, and what year did this occur?

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What was the first satellite to be placed in geostationary orbit, and what year did this occur?
Intelsat I was the first commercial one, I think in 1965.

Here's mine:
The tiny community of Miccosukee, Florida was important for which astronaut and why?

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Is it because Astronaut Clifton Williams died near there in a T-38 crash on 10/5/1967?

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Is it because Astronaut Clifton Williams died near there in a T-38 crash on 10/5/1967?
Ding ding! The floor is yours!

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Was Clifton Williams correct?

If so -

How many Enterprise ALT tests were held in 1977?

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Five free flight but I believe a total of sixteen altogether

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The geostationary satellite I'm looking for was not Intelsat 1.
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How many Enterprise ALT tests were held in 1977?
16... or 5 if you're just counting "free" flights.

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What was the first satellite to be placed in geostationary orbit, and what year did this occur?
Syncom 3 in 1964.

This article also explains the difference between a geostationary orbit and a geosynchronous orbit.

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I meant to say Free Flights, so 5 is correct.

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Syncom 3 in 1964.
We have a winner!

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Talking about telecommunications - when was the first broadcast made from space using which satellite and who made it?


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