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From: Messina, Sicilia, Italia
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posted 07-26-2006 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In 1983 the ascent cabin of Apollo-9 LM was still in orbit,correct? Well, just imagine that...

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posted 07-26-2006 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ascent stage decayed October 23, 1981.

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posted 07-26-2006 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space Emblem Art   Click Here to Email Space Emblem Art     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

That would have been a pretty neat idea, but I'm sure that had the Spider ascent stage still been up there NASA wouldn't have been able to retreive it since it didn't have the needed attachment for the shuttle's arm to grab it. NASA may have decided it wasn't worth devising something to retreive it. It would have ultimately gone the same way as Skylab (remember NASA's plan to save it with the space shuttle?) & possibly Hubble Space Telescope also.



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posted 07-26-2006 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm wondering also whether there would have been a safety issue with LM fuel, but am too lazy to look it up.

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