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Novaspace
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posted 05-23-2006 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Novaspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After our upcoming Jim McDivitt signing, we are going to do a video Q&A session for inclusion on our website.

We're fielding interesting questions. Got any?

nasamad
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posted 05-23-2006 04:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which do you feel is your greater achievement and why, flying Apollo or managing Apollo?

Matt T
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posted 05-23-2006 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why green?

Blackarrow
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posted 05-23-2006 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was always argued that Neil Armstrong had to leave "Eagle" first because the LM hatch opened inwards towards Aldrin, effectively blocked the LMP's exit until the commander had got out. Therefore, every commander got out first, followed by the LMP. The only exception to this was Apollo 9. The LMP, Rusty Schweickart did the EVA rather than the commander.

My question to Jim McDivitt is where did he go to let Rusty get past the hatch to get out? Was he in the tunnel?

Tom
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posted 05-23-2006 06:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did you ever seriously consider the offer to fly with Alan Shepard on the original Apollo 13 crew?

mjanovec
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posted 05-23-2006 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Question #1: Is there a book from the hand of Jim McDivitt in the works?

Question #2: Was McDivitt happy with the portrayal of his Apollo 9 mission in the From the Earth to the Moon HBO series? Was the portrayal accurate...or does he feel it was flawed?

Question #3: What was the most rewarding part of his career...or the accomplishment(s) he is most proud of: Pre-NASA test flying? Gemini IV? Apollo 9? Post NASA? Something else?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-23-2006 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was the red "D" in your name on the Apollo 9 patch present from the start or was it added at some point?

For reference, here is an image of a vintage patch sans the red "D":

Or is/was the above a production mistake?

Aztecdoug
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posted 05-23-2006 09:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would love to hear of any stories that he would like to share about his days flying at Edwards AFB. He flew chase on some of the X-15 flights, and I imagine that he may have some tales that he could share with us.

I admit being ignorant about his specific role in NASA management. But if he could share any insight that he might know about the crew selection process that would be of interest.

dss65
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posted 05-23-2006 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know that this is risking bringing up a very sad subject, but please tell us a happy story about a huge hero: Ed White.

mjanovec
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posted 05-23-2006 11:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dss65:
I know that this is risking bringing up a very sad subject, but please tell us a happy story about a huge hero: Ed White.


I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall (in a fly's pressure suit that is) when Ed White finished his EVA and he got a chance to talk to McDivitt about the experience. Perhaps it would be good to ask McDivitt what the mood was like following the EVA (after they got the pesky hatch closed). Ed White is one of the few astronauts of that era to really express his joy so openly during a mission. I cannot help but get a big grin when he says "I feel like a million dollars!"

TrueNorth
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posted 05-24-2006 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TrueNorth   Click Here to Email TrueNorth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rusty's space sickness on Apollo 9: if he wouldn't have been able to do the EVA, the target dates for subsequent flights would have slipped and JFK's "end of the decade" goal would have been in jeopardy. Was he surpised when Rusty recovered and how much of a relief was it (keeping in mind that all commanders were fiercely proud about all major mission objectives nbeing achieved)? Were they as cool about it as portrayed on "From the Earth to the Moon"?

nasamad
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posted 05-24-2006 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you still fly aircraft, if yes, what do you fly?

Blackarrow
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posted 05-24-2006 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A second (and, I think, better) question:

When the problem arose with the SPS engine in lunar orbit on Apollo 16, one of the justifications for going ahead with the landing was a series of tests conducted on your Apollo 9 mission. In your opinion, did NASA break its own rules by going ahead with the landing, or were you personally satisfied that safe system-redundency had been demonstrated? Putting it another way, was proceeding with the landing a case of "Go Fever"?

Dwight
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posted 05-24-2006 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwight   Click Here to Email Dwight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gen. McDivitt, you appear at the midnight press conference during the Apollo 13 conference. All of you appear quite grim at that table. What chance did you give the Apollo 13 crew of successfully making it back to earth at that point in the mission given the current data you had available? How much of the bits of information you were working with were (at that point) educated guesses versus definite pinpointed problems.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 05-24-2006 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is perhaps too much of a personal question: In leaving your position as Manager of NASA's Apollo Spacecraft Program at MSC/JSC in Aug. 1972, was there any truth to a rumored story that it was because Gene Cernan commanded the last manned lunar landing mision?

Rob Joyner
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posted 05-25-2006 03:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would you mind sharing what was said at your initial contact, in-person or by telephone, with the astronauts of Apollo 13, as a crew or individually, after they safely returned home to Earth?

Moltke
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posted 05-25-2006 05:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moltke   Click Here to Email Moltke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the end of the Gemini 4 mission, in dedicating photographs of yourselves, you inscibed the phrase "The day the straw man fell down." Can you explain why you chose these particular words of dedication?

TRS
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posted 05-25-2006 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did you experience a "perfect moment" in you career as an astronaut? By this I mean a moment which as 'burned' itself into your memory as touching you in a way that you can take yourself back to it and expereince the feelings you had at that moment?

Thanks for being open to this Q&A - it is a wonderful opportunity for us all to ask something of the people who have inspired us.

leslie
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posted 05-26-2006 06:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for leslie   Click Here to Email leslie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of the original four NASA objectives for the Apollo programme was:

"To develop man's capability to work in a lunar environment"

Do you think this objective was met fully or will be be starting again as and when we reach the moon again?

mjanovec
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posted 05-26-2006 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's another:

What does Gen. McDivitt feel was the cause for the early end of the Apollo program? Having met Kennedy's goal... and not having a high profile goal beyond that? Waning public interest? Lack of Congressional support? Changing administrations? The failure of the Russian program to send a man to the moon? Something else?

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posted 05-26-2006 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for taneal1   Click Here to Email taneal1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gen. McDivitt had received the same EVA training as Ed White for Gemini 4. For Apollo 9, he and Schweickart had trained for an emergency LM/CSM EVA transfer in the event that the docking mechanism failed.

If Schweickart had not recovered enough to do the EVA at all, had you considered performing the EVA yourself? Perhaps just hanging out on the porch as Rusty did for his actual EVA... And a second question: In an interview with Donald Pealer, he asked "Were you ever approached for command of a lunar mission?" You response was "Yes. I could have commanded Apollo 13 if I had wanted it."

Slayton only relates his (and Shepard's) idea of assigning you as LM pilot with Shepard as LM commander for Apollo 13. Did Slayton simply not mention, or forget offering you the CDR assignment? Or was that offered by the managers above him after he "submitted" Shepard as CDR and you as LMP?

machbusterman
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posted 05-26-2006 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
General McDivitt, What did you think when your C.O. at Edwards AFB organised a night-time formation flight during which he instigated a (failed) loop? I know one of the pilots (ex RAF) from that flight and he wondered what direction you took after your C.O. gave the order to break?

By the way, the ex RAF pilot still thinks that night formation flying is crazy!

poolman18
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posted 05-26-2006 10:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for poolman18   Click Here to Email poolman18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you had to choose one flight, would it be Gemini 4 because of the historical significance or Apollo 9 because of the techical demanding flight.

Tom
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Having been the commander of two very important spaceflights, I always wondered wether or not the CDR had any input on who actually flew with them?
Thank you.

Novaspace
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posted 05-31-2006 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Novaspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, Jim McDivitt was here for two days signing. He's leaving Arizona tomorrow to go back to Michigan for the summer, just in the nick of time (102 degrees tomorrow)

We got some good video, and he answered most of (y)our questions. We'll edit it and get at least some of it posted.

Jim was imprerssed with the huge amount of stuff to sign, and by your thought-provoking questions. Stay tuned.

DChudwin
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posted 06-05-2006 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received my McDivitt items in the mail nicely signed and well-packed.

Thanks Gen. McDivitt, Kim, Sally and Novaspace. The signing was for charities (like Frank Borman's).

cddfspace
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posted 06-07-2006 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cddfspace   Click Here to Email cddfspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got mine today as well. Perfect!!! Thank You!

Michael Clemente
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posted 06-07-2006 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Clemente   Click Here to Email Michael Clemente     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine today also. This was my first time participating in a private signing. My experience with it has been flawless. Kim you are one first class act and my hat goes off to you.

Also, Jim signed twice on the photo because he didn't think the first signature showed up well on the background so he signed across the chest (Gemini 4 crew photo of them standing behind the model of the capsule). Kudos for Jim.

nasamad
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posted 06-09-2006 09:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My item arrived today, well done as always Novaspace! Many Thanks...

mjanovec
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posted 06-09-2006 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My items also arrived... great job as usual.

I also noticed that the signing report is now up on the Novaspace site, with some of the questions in this topic answered by McDivitt. No video yet, but I assume that will be coming soon.

Good to see that McDivitt appears to be good health and great spirits.

Novaspace
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posted 06-09-2006 01:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Novaspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the kind words everyone. One thing though, we're getting tons of phone calls and emails from other folks wondering where THEIR stuff is. This takes valuable time away from geting your things out.

It's only been a week. We can't mail out everything the same day. We're getting about 50 items out a day, so it may be weeks before we get some of the more complex items out.

No one seems to disparage auction houses much, although people are still waiting on consignments, checks or winnings months later.

I'm still editing hours of video. Jim had so many stories we won't be able to post one-quarter of them, but we'll do a CD for cheap, and get most of it on there. Folkswho ordered a photo COA will have it all on their CD.

Be patient. We've got four people working every day to return your goods. Thanks!

nasamad
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posted 06-09-2006 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, I hope I look that good at his age. And Happy Birthday for tomorrow Gen McDivitt!

mjanovec
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posted 06-09-2006 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I, for one, would love to be able to order a CD with as much of the McDivitt footage as will fit on it. There is so little material available for McDivitt (no books, for example) that cover his career that anything like this is a welcome addition to my collection.

He has often been overshadowed by his fellow moon-traveling astronauts, but from what I've seen, he has a great perspective on the overall program, being both an astronaut and a manager for the Apollo program. Plus, he appears to have a well defined sense of humor that is easily overlooked. Maybe not Pete Conrad-esque, but definitely a sharp cookie with a lot to say, if people will listen.

I'm a little saddened to hear a McDivitt book is not in the works, but was happy to find his oral history at the NASA site.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 06-10-2006 04:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great report, Kim. Now we know why the green ink!

Novaspace
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posted 06-11-2006 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Novaspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Q&A video now posted.

Aztecdoug
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posted 06-20-2006 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my package intact two weeks ago. I got to open it last night for my birthday present. It was real nice. It completed an Apollo 9 crew litho I started two years ago.

I have had sort of slow period collecting lately. It seems my stuff has been getting lost in the mail lately, so this was a big emotional boost. I finally had something fresh to throw on my website.

The packaging was brilliant. The placement of the signature was perfect, too. You can't say enough good things about the quality of the service that Kim provides. Thanks.

I also got the CD of the interview; I haven't had time to watch it yet.

Larry McGlynn
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posted 06-20-2006 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My McDivitt material arrived today from Kim and Sally Poor at Novaspace.

General McDivitt signed everything perfectly, which I attribute to Kim and Sally's good directions and experience. The items were packed so well that they could have been dropped by the FedEx aircraft over my house on final approach and arrived undamaged that much faster.

The CD of McDivitt is wonderful. It is worth the money to pick that CD up. So Kim, Sally and all the staff, thanks for the great job.

nasamad
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posted 06-20-2006 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also got the McDivitt CD. Great work Novaspace.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 06-27-2006 08:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My item arrived back yesterday. As usual it took 10 minutes to unwrap the cast-iron packaging, which has to be the best in the field (auction houses take note).

I had wondered where the General could place his signature on my litho of the moon signed by 21 Apollo astronauts, but the Novaspace guiding hand and the General's care to sign smaller than usual ensured an A1+ outcome. I have added many to this piece with Novapsace's help.

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Got my cases from the Gemini and Apollo 9 DVDs from Spacecraft Films back a few weeks ago, with beautiful signatures on them. Thanks for doing this, Kim!

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