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ASF1984
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posted 07-24-2012 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The latest installment of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's (ASF) Astro Chat series stars Apollo 13 and Enterprise ALT astronaut Fred Haise!
Fred W. Haise Jr. was a member of the Apollo 13 crew that struggled for more than three days to return to Earth after an oxygen tank explosion aboard the spacecraft aborted the mission as it approached the moon in 1970...

The lunar module pilot will answer your questions about his time in space (or here on Earth). The deadline to post your question (as a reply to this topic) is 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) on Tuesday, July 31.

Haise will answer via video, which will be posted here and on ASF's website in the following weeks.

Previously: Al Worden | Dick Gordon | Jack Lousma | Fred Gregory | Edgar Mitchell

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posted 07-24-2012 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During the Apollo 13 mission did you think that due to the fact that the CM was built by the lowest bidder, this disaster was their fault?

Thanks

Dave

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posted 07-24-2012 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The CM/LM configuration had never been flown before and was unique to Apollo 13. Did you have any concerns about flying in the CM/LM configuration after SM separation?

Were you in the LM when the explosion occurred?

When was the LM landing gear extended?

randy
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posted 07-24-2012 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What was it like flying the Enterprise? Were you a little nervous being so close to the SCA?

Charlie16
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posted 07-24-2012 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dear Freddo, what do you remember with pleasure about your great career, and what do you think about the disappointments that you've tried.
Luigi Pizzimenti (Italy)

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posted 07-24-2012 05:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mr. Haise, had the Apollo program ran its full course, you would have been the Commander on Apollo 19. Any thought on what you may have named your lunar module and/or command module on what would have been the final lunar landing mission? Thank you.

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posted 07-25-2012 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe the fifth approach and landing test revealed a problem with the flight control system that made it somewhat susceptible to Pilot-Induced Oscillation (PIO). This was a major safety finding in advance of STS-1. Aside from this how did Enterprise handle as the world's biggest glider?

SpaceAngel
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posted 07-25-2012 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would you have wanted to command an actual space shuttle mission, had you considered to stay in the program a litter longer?

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posted 07-25-2012 10:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you still an active pilot?

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posted 07-26-2012 03:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocket Chris   Click Here to Email Rocket Chris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fred, did you got a deeper consciousness of God after the experiences you've made in space (for example viewing the earth from moon or your safe return after splash down)? Thanks and best regards.

alexbaja
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posted 07-26-2012 05:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you still remember the three day visit you had in Malta from the 11th October to the 13th October 1970?

Here in Malta as we are a very Roman Catholic Island I remember as a six year old when my family and I used to sit down every evening and prayed for the safe return of all the crew of Apollo 13.

I wish you good health.

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posted 07-26-2012 05:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nigel Mc   Click Here to Email Nigel Mc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you keep up to date with advances in space technology and exploration? If so, which mission is capturing your interest?

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posted 07-26-2012 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for uk spacefan   Click Here to Email uk spacefan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could you please tell us some details about your life as a young man and who or what inspired you to follow your career path?

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posted 07-27-2012 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroBioProf   Click Here to Email AstroBioProf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Years ago I worked under you at Grumman Aerospace Corporation in support of the prime contract for the original space station design. Do you believe that if that original design had been implemented, today the USA would have a more robust manned space program?

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posted 07-27-2012 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If Apollo 13 would of have landed at Fra Mauro, what would of have been your first words on the Moon?

How did you learn that you were chosen for the Approach and Landing Test program?

Thank you.

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posted 07-27-2012 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fred, you were about a year out from retiring from NASA when the late Sally Ride was chosen with the Thirty-Five New Guys (TFNG) as the 1978 astronaut class.

Did you have any interaction with Ride during that overlapping year? And if so, can you share any stories about her from that time?

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posted 07-27-2012 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who came up with the idea for the ALT patch? were there ever plans for each ALT crew to have their own patches?

Mike Isbell
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posted 07-27-2012 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recall that the names of the CSM and the LM for Apollo 13 were originally going to be Auriga and Aquarius. How did the change to Oddyssey and Aquarius come about?

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posted 07-27-2012 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SBIV-B     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After Apollo 13, what were a few of the contingencies built/adapted into both the LEM and the CSM to prevent this from happening again or to aid in survival if it did?

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posted 07-28-2012 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did you ever fly a glider before flying in the shuttle? - Garry

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posted 07-29-2012 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragon001     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recall seeing images of Enterprise during the free glide tests with the aerodynamic tail cone attached and some tests with the cone removed and SSME attached.

Wouldn't this configuration impact the engineering data on lift/drag and other flight characteristics gathered after separation from the SCA?

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posted 07-29-2012 12:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Andy Anderson   Click Here to Email Andy Anderson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a follow up to the question that LM 12 asked earlier inquiring if you were still in the LM at the time of the "bang." However from the Flight Director Loop transcript, at the time that Jack was calling in that you had "had a problem," the TELMU was reporting to Gene Kranz that the LM hatch was closed – inferred I guess from a current drop reflecting the flood lights powering off as the LM hatch was closed.

I assume that this TELMU conclusion may have occurred due to ratty data possibly associated with the Main B undervolt and that the LM hatch was in fact still open and wonder if you can recall whether you were in fact, in the LM or in the tunnel.

During the LM activation, Jack Lousma was calling up rapid fire LM Activation Checklist page and step numbers. Do you recall if these procedures were written down somewhere and if so where and by whom?

Later on, in addition to making changes to the various checklists that you had to work, other procedures were required to be written on "scratch" paper. I guess, possible sources were the Crew Log at the back of the Launch Checklist, the Photo Log and any blank pages in redundant checklists. Do you remember what actually was used for this purpose?

Another question that has been touched on previously. How different was flying Enterprise with the fairing off as compared to flying with it on and were the control response rates (flight control computer laws) kept the same during these free flight tests.

And finally, apart from tests on the captive flights, were there any ground based simulators for you to work with prior to the ALT flights?

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posted 07-29-2012 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You once flew the M2F1 in tow mode behind a C47 tow aircraft. How did you become involved in the lifting body program and did that have anything to do with being assigned the Alt tests?

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posted 07-30-2012 02:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Torsten   Click Here to Email Torsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During Apollo 13, did you talk with Jim and John what will be if you won't make it back to earth?

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posted 07-30-2012 06:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When can we expect your autobiography?

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posted 10-02-2012 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you to everyone who participated! See if your question was answered in the video:

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posted 10-13-2012 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for uk spacefan   Click Here to Email uk spacefan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very interesting — thank you for sharing.

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posted 12-11-2012 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Regarding who was where when the explosion occurred, there is this info from Section 8 of the Apollo 13 Technical Crew Debriefing:

LOVELL: To the best of my knowledge, Jack, you were in the left-hand seat.
SWIGERT: I was in the left-hand seat.
LOVELL: I was in the LEB, and Fred was somewhere up in the LM. We all heard the explosion together.

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