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heng44
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posted 08-08-2009 07:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Forty years ago today, the Apollo 12 crew was in the middle of their training for the November lunar landing mission. Seen here during a geologic excursion in Hawaii are prime LM pilots Conrad and Bean (wearing hats) and their backups Scott and Irwin. They practice describing the surroundings from a high vantage point, as if they were looking outside through the LM windows.

Ed Hengeveld

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posted 08-08-2009 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroAutos   Click Here to Email AstroAutos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to say that is an amazing image!

I'd imagine that sort of thing would be one of the more fun elements of training for an upcoming mission..

MCroft04
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posted 08-08-2009 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Irwin looks cold, Scott cool, Bean (or Conrad-I can't tell which) studious, and the other one too young to be going to the moon!

randyc
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posted 08-08-2009 07:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Note that the Commanders (Conrad and Scott) are not wearing sunglasses, but the Lunar Module Pilots (Bean and Irwin) are. The message: CDRs are tougher than LMPs!

ejectr
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posted 08-09-2009 08:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LMP's obviously know more about UV light ruining your eyesight.

Delta7
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posted 08-09-2009 10:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MCroft04:
Irwin looks cold, Scott cool, Bean (or Conrad-I can't tell which) studious, and the other one too young to be going to the moon!

The astronauts are positioned as they would be in the LM looking out their respective window on the lunar surface. Hence the order is Irwin/Scott and Bean/Conrad, left to right as you look at the picture.

Michael Davis
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posted 08-09-2009 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Davis   Click Here to Email Michael Davis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the gentleman standing behind the crew members Leon Silver? I've seen contemporary photos of him, but nothing from that era. The whole scene looks like the geology training episode of "From the Earth to the Moon."

mjanovec
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posted 08-09-2009 11:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Davis:
Is the gentleman standing behind the crew members Leon Silver? I've seen contemporary photos of him, but nothing from that era. The whole scene looks like the geology training episode of "From the Earth to the Moon."

It doesn't appear to be him. Silver can be seen in this photo from the the Apollo 16 training, with the green and blue shirt (and pointing).

heng44
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posted 08-10-2009 03:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks like the man kneeling behind the crews is Robert Parker. Don't think he was CapCom during Apollo 12. Perhaps this was in preparation for his role during Apollo 15.

Apollo Redux
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posted 08-11-2009 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo Redux   Click Here to Email Apollo Redux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've never seen this, before. Nice find.

Spacepsycho
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posted 09-09-2009 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacepsycho   Click Here to Email Spacepsycho     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Judging from the down jacket, the pulled up collars and zipped up fronts, it's prety cold.

The only really cold place on Hawaii is up near the Keck telescope on Mauna Kea and this was probably taken there. The terrain at Keck is very similar to the moons landscape with no vegetation.

The other peak Mauna Loa belongs to the military and the only other lunar area that's similar to moon, is the on the big island is a national park and they'd never allow NASA to set up anything there.

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