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SkyMan1958
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posted 07-05-2012 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let's try a thread with space trivia questions. Anyone is welcome to add a question or an answer.

So, to start it off, how many people commanded more than one Apollo flight, and can you name the commander(s)? (In this case Apollo means any flight using an Apollo Command Module).

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posted 07-05-2012 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two: Stafford and Conrad. Apollo 10 and ASTP, Apollo 12 and Skylab 2 (the first manned Skylab) respectively.

A nice simple question - Who was the first astronaut to reportedly urinate on the moon?

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posted 07-05-2012 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for star51L   Click Here to Email star51L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Buzz Aldrin.

Next question: name all 5 astronauts who performed an EVA and a moonwalk.

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Aldrin, Conrad and Bean (Skylab), Scott and Cernan excluding Apollo 15, 16 and 17 transluner film retrieval EVAs; Duke stood up in the CM hatch but not sure about Irwin and Schmitt.

Which Apollo spacecraft achieved the greatest inflight velocity/speed and what was the speed?

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Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan, Dave Scott, Jim Irwin, and Charlie Duke.

Next question: Name the Apollo astronaut who has flown into space closest to the present day. Also name the mission.

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posted 07-05-2012 04:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KenDavis   Click Here to Email KenDavis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
  • Aldrin: Gemini 12 and Apollo 11
  • Conrad: Skylab 2 and Apollo 12
  • Scott: Apollo 9 and Apollo 15
  • Young: Gemini 10 and Apollo 16
  • Cernan: Gemini 9 and Apollo 17
How many times were both launch pads occupied by shuttle?

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Apollo 10.

Same question as before, since I got that answer wrong.

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Wow, three answers all within a minute. I now think the correct answer is six.

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posted 07-05-2012 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which astronaut performed 3 EVA and a moonwalk?

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Name the Apollo astronaut who has flown into space closest to the present day. Also name the mission.
Vance Brand. ASTP and STS-35 (1990)

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Originally posted by Rick Mulheirn:
Which astronaut performed 3 EVA and a moonwalk?
Buzz Aldrin.

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Apollo 10.
Forgive me for forgetting the speed, which was 38,897 kilometers per hour.

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3 EVA and a moonwalk was Dave Scott. Standup EVA on Apollo 9, standup EVA from the top of the LM on the surface, standup EVA on the trip home for the SIM bay film cannister retrieval and of course his surface activities.

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Rick Mulheirn's answer to my question is correct, as I forgot Charlie Duke standing up in the hatch on 16, similar to Scott doing the same on 9. If Schmitt and Irwin did the same on their flights, I guess the real answer is 8.

Next question: On how many backup crews did Stu Roosa serve?

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posted 07-05-2012 11:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for canyon42   Click Here to Email canyon42     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What do these Apollo missions share in common: 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, and 17 (but not 1, 8, 11, 14, 15, or 16)?

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posted 07-06-2012 12:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One or more member(s) of the crew got sick.

Name astronauts that flew on Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle.

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posted 07-06-2012 04:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which NASA astronauts made their rookie flights in Russian spacecraft?

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posted 07-06-2012 07:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think John Young is the only astronaut to have flown on Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle.

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posted 07-06-2012 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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What do these Apollo missions share in common: 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, and 17 (but not 1, 8, 11, 14, 15, or 16)?

I don't think that's correct. Borman got sick on 8, and Young had some intestinal distress on 16 because of the potassium-laden citrus fruit.

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Nope, being sick has nothing to do with what I was thinking. If you concentrate on the numbers, you might be able to patch together an answer.

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What do these Apollo missions share in common: 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, and 17 (but not 1, 8, 11, 14, 15, or 16)?
7, 13, and 17 are prime numbers and the others aren't.

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What do these Apollo missions share in common: 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, and 17 (but not 1, 8, 11, 14, 15, or 16)?

The crew patches for 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, and 17 have the mission number in Roman numerals. The others have Arabic numerals.

...although 15 is a hybrid, as the official patch also has an XV hidden in the walls of adjoining craters on the Moon.

What do Apollo 9, 12, 15, and 16 have in common that the other missions do not?

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posted 07-06-2012 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who walked on the Moon having earlier had major surgery?

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posted 07-06-2012 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan Shepard.

For what it's worth, when my children were little I posed this riddle to each: Twelve men walked on the moon, but the twelfth man on the moon wasn't the last to walk there... how is that possible?

(Happy to say each of them figured it out).

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Harrison Schmitt was the 12th on the moon, but Gene Cernan was the last to leave.

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What do Apollo 9, 12, 15, and 16 have in common that the other missions do not?
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. (Apollo 9 has the colors red, white, and blue and the "USA" marked on the Saturn V, 12 has the American flag on the tall ship, 15 has the red, white, and blue birds, and 16 has the shield and eagle, to be specific).

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posted 07-06-2012 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nope Chet - wasn't Shepard. Surgery was more major than he had.

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posted 07-06-2012 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Randy is my John Young answer correct?

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posted 07-06-2012 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BBlatcher     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Who walked on the Moon having earlier had major surgery?
Jim Irwin, Apollo 15 LM pilot. He nearly lost his leg in a flight accident with a student he was training. He also had compound fractures and amnesia.

Who was the astronaut designated by Slayton and most of NASA higher ups to be the first man on the moon?

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OK, Irwin, not Shepard.

(But for the record, for many people, ANY surgery is major)

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Grissom is the one I've always heard was a "front-runner" to land first on the moon.

As for the patch question, yes, the Roman/"normal" numbers is correct. I'm aware of the hallmark on 15 (got that patch), but I don't think that was part of the "official" design, was it?

Thought about trying to include the Skylab missions in that question, but then it gets too confusing which mission you're talking about!

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Nope = wasn't Irwin either. The one I'm thinking of had part of his colon removed before selection as an astronaut. And as a further clue - his name has cropped up on this thread.

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Gary- yes, it is.

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Another tester - who made the decision to replace Slayton on MA-7 with Carpenter rather than go with Schirra as the designated back-up?

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Surgery after a jet crash, where a guy almost loses his leg, isn't major?!

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Jack Schmitt had surgery for a congenital (sp? ) bowel defect.

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Jack Schmitt had surgery for a congenital (sp? ) bowel defect.

Yep! That's who I was thinking of.

Now - who selected Carpenter for the MA-7 flight?

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An easy one - what links Vostok 2 to Apollo 11 and Vostok 3 and Soyuz 9 to Apollo 15?

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Callsigns. Eagle for Vostok 2 and Apollo 11, Falcon for Soyuz 9, Vostok 3 and Apollo 15.

Ok, gonna try this. Who was the last person to fly in space alone?

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Was the last person to fly in space alone - Liwei Yang - Shenzhou V - 2003? Or, do you mean the last person to be left alone on the ISS?


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