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Daniel on the Moon
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posted 07-14-2016 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel on the Moon   Click Here to Email Daniel on the Moon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since there are a very limited number of official NASA EVA "suiting up" photos, I will post my photos as I locate and scan them.

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posted 07-19-2016 10:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel on the Moon   Click Here to Email Daniel on the Moon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Forty seven years ago on July 20th, 1969 prior to 15:17:43 EST I was nervous, scared with butterflies in my gut.

At 15:17:43 EST on July 20th, 1969 I was excited, elated and proud to have played a role in achieving mankind's dream of landing men on the lunar surface.

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As well you should have been ... I saw it as a 15 year old in high school and remember every step on a black and white screen. The men behind the scenes deserve some of the accolades, you included Dan.

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You certainly did your bit Dan, very closely involved of which you are rightly proud. It was a momentous event and yes, we did realise that at the time. I will never forget it and feel so lucky I was around and old enough to appreciate what happened. Thanks to you and all the thousands who helped it make it possible.

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collectSPACE members also deserve accolades and a well deserved "thank you" for preserving the historical significance of man's most significant technological achievement!

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posted 07-20-2016 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for davidcwagner   Click Here to Email davidcwagner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dan, any truth to this SR-71 pilot story?
In the 1980s, I was a bartender at an Air Force Officer's Club. An SR-71 pilot came in madder than hell because his suit tech had broken a gold visor. The pilot said the gold visor was a "hand me down" from Project Apollo. They were highly prized by SR-71 pilots because they were better than the newer acrylic gold visors. According to the pilot, the Apollo visors were quartz made by a one-man shop in California. Forming a visor out of quartz was this man's trade secret. The man died and took the secret with him according to the SR-71 pilot.
Any others ever here this story? Any data on how these quartz gold visors were made?

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Dan, I can't wait to get up and check cS to see if there are any "Dan" posts. Thank you for sharing your role on one of the greatest achievements of all time.

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posted 07-20-2016 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel on the Moon   Click Here to Email Daniel on the Moon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for your kind words.

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Dan, What an experience! I get goosebumps reading your posts on the anniversary of the Landing. Thank you for letting us re-live these moments with you.

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posted 07-21-2016 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel on the Moon   Click Here to Email Daniel on the Moon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by davidcwagner:
Dan, any truth to this SR-71 pilot story?
I seriously doubt the validity of the referenced story.

My understanding is that NASA Goddard was responsible for "coordinating" the development of the gold coating and the process by which the coating was applied to the inside surface of the EVVA sun visor.

It is also my understanding that the gold coating was applied to the acrylic plastic visor in a vacuum by "thermal evaporation."

If anyone else has any input or clarification to my understanding, I'd love to hear it.

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Originally posted by DG27:
I get goosebumps reading your posts on the anniversary of the Landing.
You give me "goose bumps" by giving validity to my effort to document my experiences for future historians.

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The below photo showing Apollo 17 media day was held after a 2.5 hour EVA crew training exercise.

I've identified Roy Neal, the Apollo space reporter for NBC news and Jules Bergman for ABC news. It does not appear that CBS, the third major network, had a media rep. We all know that Walter Cronkite was the "renowned" CBS TV Apollo space reporter but he was not at the below event.

It would be interesting if anyone can identify any other media reps. in the photo.

As far as why I was sitting in a chair appearing to be asleep, I must have been extremely exhausted after being outside "chasing the rover around" for 2.5 hours!

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Dan, can you please provide any insight into the personality of Harrison Schmitt? My own father has a Master's in Geology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, so I've been surrounded by minerals and fossils my whole life and find them fascinating. Harrison Schmitt is my favorite astronaut, mostly due to being a true geologist. I have a photo of myself with him that I will forever cherish.

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posted 07-23-2016 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dan, when you heard that the last three Apollo missions were cancelled was a unexpected news? In 1969 you you thought that the program would end with Apollo 20, or at least 19?

And back then what were your expectations for the post Apollo program? Space tugs and Moon base?

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Regarding the Apollo 17 media day photo: the woman in the red pants could be Mary Bubb.

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Originally posted by Daniel on the Moon:
It would be interesting if anyone can identify any other media reps. in the photo.
Even though Jules Bergman is in the photo, the man standing to the left of the rover's antenna in the pink shirt and gray tie, looks like Frank Reynold's of ABC News to me. He also covered space events from the Cape.

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No on Frank Reynolds, and yes on Mary Bubb. I have many photos of this event taken from in front of the rover that shows the media lined up on that right side.

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Dan, can you please provide any insight into the personality of Harrison Schmitt?
My one word description of Astronaut Schmitt in a previous post was "modest." If I were asked for additional descriptive adjectives I would include dedicated, easy going and very friendly.

The photo I posted on 3-15-2016 with Jack smiling and enjoying himself at my Birthday Party is "a picture worth a thousand words"!

Working with Jack during EVA crew training exercise revealed a modest, obviously intelligent and dedicated individual and to me, most importantly an individual that expressed his appreciation of the support personnel that surrounded him.

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Originally posted by heng44:
Regarding the Apollo 17 media day photo: the woman in the red pants could be Mary Bubb.

How could I forget Mary Bubb, the first female space reporter! She attended my parties (below photo) and I was invited to all of her parties.

Mary was a "social butterfly"! On more than one occasion, she tried to be my matchmaker and, quite frankly, she introduced me to some "very nice women". However, at that time, marriage was the last thing on my mind.

I know that Mary passed away at age 67. Mary did smoke a lot (photo below) and I suspect probably caused her respiratory problems that led to losing her much too soon.

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Originally posted by J.L:
I have many photos of this event taken from in front of the rover that shows the media lined up on that right side.
I'm wondering if a "young" Jay Barbree (NBC Radio during Apollo) is in the photo!

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I do not see Jay... but that is Howard Benedict next to Roy. I just had lunch a few weeks ago with Jay, Ed Harrison and Hugh Harris.

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Originally posted by carmelo:
And back then what were your expectations for the post Apollo program? Space tugs and Moon base?
After successfully landing on the moon, I was captivated by the prospect of someday landing on Mars especially after reading a letter dated September 11,1969 from George E. Mueller, Associate NASA Administrator for Manned Space Flight.

A specific paragraph in the referenced letter was most captivating as follows:

The Apollo program objective served our nation well in providing a clear focus for the initial development and demonstration of manned space flight capabilities and technology. Now, however, a balanced program is needed which will provide for the sustained development and use of manned space flight over a period of years focused on an eventual manned planetary landing in the 1980's.
With the January, 1970 and subsequent September 1970 announcements concerning the cancellation of Apollo 18, 19 and 20, I was disappointed but not devastated. I was too busy working on Apollo 12 to think about consequences of the cancellations and I was and still am an "eternal optimist."

No matter what "doom and gloom" was predicted for the future of space exploration as a result of budget cuts, I was always totally optimistic about the future!

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Contingency transfer training from LM to CM was in the pool of Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory? I don't have see never pictures of this.

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Dan, could you describe how the contingency EVA transfer would unfold if the LM and CSM could not even soft-dock and the two vehicles were separated?

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Originally posted by carmelo:
Contingency transfer training from LM to CM was in the pool of Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory?
The photo, obviously, does not represent transfer training from the LM to the CM as you correctly pointed out. As you stated, the actual step by step training from the LM to the CM was done in Neutral Buoyancy.

Referencing the photo, I just completed the "OPS Donning Prior To Contingency Transfer" step by step procedure (that I wrote) as follows:

  1. Pull out tear-tack stitches on the PLSS adjustable harness by yanking on end tab until strap is free.

  2. Open thermal cover over strap buckle adjustment; remove retaining spring clip.

  3. Join the fixed waist harness to the adjustable waist harness of the PLSS using the D-buckle under the thermal cover of the adjustable harness (PLSS attachment end) and the hook under the thermal cover on the fixed length strap (PLSS attachment end). The hook on the free end of the straps should be faced inward.

  4. Loop harnesses around the back of the PGA and thread through LM tether restraints.

  5. Remove OPS oxygen connector from stowage plate.

  6. Hook harnesses to OPS.

  7. Install OPS oxygen connector (blue) into the top (blue) PGA oxygen connector.

  8. Install purge valve into bottom (red) PGA oxygen connector and verify locked.

  9. Open OPS actuator access flap.

  10. Adjust harnesses to secure OPS. Allow for the expansion of the PGA when pressurized.

  11. Move OPS actuation lever from OFF to ON position and allow it to lock.
The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate the procedure (prior to performing the same procedure by the astronaut) to:
  • Verify the written procedural steps accomplished the required objective, i.e. successfully donning the OPS for contingency transfer.

  • Determining if procedural steps should or could be modified from the standpoint of "human factors" engineering.

  • In some cases, the procedure was conducted after the astronauts went through the steps of an approved procedure and requested procedural changes based on their experience and perspective. Once we decided one way or the other if, in fact, the requested change(s) were feasible, we would notify the astronaut office.

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Maybe this has been asked long before on this thread, but are you writing a book on your experiences? If not, WHY NOT?

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Thanks for suggesting writing a book. I'm not sure if there is a large enough audience to justify writing a book!

As I mentioned in one of my very early cS posts, I was very disappointed through the years with the lack of interest when I "tried" to relate my incredible Apollo "journey".

Everything changed when I found cS and the "rest is history" as the saying goes.

Perhaps I'm underestimating the audience that might be interested in my Apollo story!

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Originally posted by LM-12:
Dan, could you describe how the contingency EVA transfer would unfold if the LM and CSM could not even soft-dock and the two vehicles were separated?
To my knowledge, there were no contingency EVA transfer plans other than for a "soft dock." The EVA transfer required the use of both the LM EVA handrail and the CM EVA handles.

With vehicle separation, there was no way to reach the CM handles from the LM EVA handrail.

I would imagine that if both a hard and soft dock were not achieved, NASA and contractor engineers would have worked on a real time solution(s) as they successfully did for Apollo 13.

Who knows, perhaps the CMP could have directed a tether (secured to the CM) toward the LM to allow the LM crewman to pull himself to the CM handles!

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Dan, I would second the book - easy for me to say, since it's not me. It would be interesting if you would reach out to Colin Burgess, who's been leading the University of Nebraska space series of books, all of which are excellent, and take issues/topics of space exploration all from a individual's perspective, not a "dry," technical history book. Yours would lend itself wonderfully to this approach/genre.

Colin's on cS, by the way.

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Thank you for your support and advice.

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In the photo below I'm evaluating a newly designed PGA "Dual Position Purge Valve" incorporated for the Apollo 14 and subsequent missions. Purge valve design for previous Apollo missions had only one purge flow capability of 8lb/hr.

The Purge Valve is used in conjunction with the Oxygen Purge System (OPS) in the event that the PLSS can no longer provide oxygen to the suit or if there is a "contaminant control malfunction (unable to provide carbon dioxide "washout") or if there is a suit leak.

The Purge Valve is inserted in the red unused gas connector (LM O2 outlet umbilical connector) during EVA. The Purge Valve can be set to two flow positions, i.e. "LO" and "HI" (reference below graphic).

In the LO flow position, a flow of 4lb/hr provides breathing oxygen and adequate CO2 washout when additional cooling is not required, i.e. failed PLSS O2 supply and working PLSS cooling. The low flow capability was added for Apollo 14 also to be used in conjunction with the Buddy Secondary Life Support System (BSLSS) which was also first incorporated for Apollo 14.

When using the BSLSS with a failed PLSS water cooling capability, the astronaut with BSLSS cooling needs only breathable oxygen and CO2 washout with 4lb/hr Purge Valve flow (LO flow position).

In the HI flow position, the Purge Valve allows an 8lb/hr flow for breathable O2, CO2 washout and "some" cooling (obviously little cooling compared to PLSS LCG cooling) with a failure of PLSS breathable O2 and water cooling.

Once the Purge Valve flow position is set (LO or HI) the valve is activated by removing the locking pin "C" by pulling the "Red Apple" and then depressing the two activation tabs "D".

In the below photo, I was specifically concerned about the capability of the suited astronaut with EVA gloves to change the Purge Valve positions. To accomplish a position change, the orifice selector cap release button "A" is depressed and the orifice selector cap "B" is rotated to the desired position.

As you can see in the photo I did not have on my EVA gloves and, of course, I was able to change Purge Valve positions with no problem. At this point in the exercise I told my NASA engineer counterpart that during one of the upcoming EVA crew donning and doffing exercises the crew should practice Purge Valve flow position changes pressurized with EVA gloves on.

I'm glad I made the suggestion as both Apollo 14 astronauts Shepard and Mitchell had difficulty with the position change and "played" with it until they felt confident they could do it. It's interesting to note that both astronauts did not like the design!

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Dan, this is awesome reading and seeing your contribution to our space program! Thank you for sharing and doing an excellent job!!

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Thanks for the kind words.


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