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heng44
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posted 11-09-2013 02:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Peroxide vapor is discharged from the attitude control rockets of the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) prior to its first flight at the Flight Research Center on October 30, 1964. A technician is at the controls, preparing the vehicle for pilot Joe Walker.

garymilgrom
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posted 11-09-2013 06:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice photo Ed. Look at the suit being worn to protect from what must be toxic fumes.

Another photo and tribute to the men and women behind the scenes, in this case the technicians who set up these dangerous simulators before the astronauts got to fly them.

ejectr
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posted 11-09-2013 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Walker was good enough to test it but not be an astronaut. Nice....

randy
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posted 11-09-2013 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah yes, the "Flying bedstead".

PeterO
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posted 11-09-2013 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA's monograph of the LLRV program, NASA SP-2004-4535, Unconventional, Contrary, and Ugly: The Lunar Landing Research Vehicle, is available online.

onesmallstep
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posted 11-11-2013 04:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only surviving LLRV, No. 2, is on display at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California. The last LLTV, #952, is on display in Building 2 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Another machine that did yeoman work in preparing astronauts to land on the moon was the Lunar Excursion Module Simulator, a rocket-powered contraption tethered to a gantry which was part of the Lunar Landing Research Facility at NASA Langley in Virginia. After retirement in 1970, it was stored outside and deteriorated with exposure to the elements. Luckily, it was saved and restored and is now at the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton.

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