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Tykeanaut
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posted 02-17-2012 03:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Watching the Apollo 17 documentary on Quest last night got me thinking. Two British contributors interviewed were Keith Wright and Anthony Errington, one of which was involved with the ALSEP experiments. Forgive me, I cannot remember which one.

How many British-born scientists and engineers were involved with Apollo?

nasamad
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posted 02-17-2012 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was Keith Wright who was involved with ALSEP, there was a list online of UK people involved with Apollo (and pre-Apollo) but my searches haven't come up with anything yet.

As far as I can remember Patrick Moore was credited with helping in the mapping, and of course John Hodge from my neck of the woods in Essex!

kr4mula
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posted 02-17-2012 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There were a number of the ex-Avro engineers that came down from Canada that were actually British. Iif you don't know that story, you should. It's fascinating (and little known outside of our ranks) to find that these British and Canadian engineers practically made Mercury possible.

I think about 15 or 16 of the 30-some engineers were from the UK. They joined for the Mercury program, but most were still on board for Apollo. John Hodge was one. Tecwyn Roberts was Welsh.

You can find lots of information on these guys online, as well as bios and interviews with many of the living ones at the JSC Oral History Project website.

FFrench
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posted 02-17-2012 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by kr4mula:
You can find lots of information on these guys online, as well as bios and interviews with many of the living ones at the JSC Oral History Project website.

I'd recommend an outstanding book on this very subject too. You'll learn about Brits like John Hodge, who left quite a mark - from Mercury to the current space station - and served as flight director during some of the space program(me)'s most critical moments.

Tykeanaut
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posted 02-17-2012 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the book link Francis. I have just ordered a copy from Amazon for £10 including delivery.

moorouge
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posted 02-17-2012 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was John Hodge who was FD for the Gemini 8 flight and made the decision to terminate it in the contingency area.

Don't forget either that the fuel cell was a British invention. Bacon (christian name escapes me) responsible.

Tykeanaut
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posted 02-19-2012 04:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Francis Thomas Bacon (1904-92), developed the fuelcell in 1959. I wrote a brief article for the MSS circular CapCom in last years March/April issue.

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