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Dwayne Day
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posted 03-08-2007 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwayne Day   Click Here to Email Dwayne Day     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I need a good photo of an astronaut in spacesuit, preferably with visor down. I need essentially a head and shoulders shot. It can be an Apollo photo or a shuttle photo, but it would be best if the astronaut is squarely facing the camera.

I need this for a report I'm working on and I'm going to give it to our graphic artist to manipulate. I've found a few, but if anybody has a shot that they think is particularly good, please let me know which one.

heng44
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posted 03-08-2007 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dwayne: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/mercgem/mg-S65-30431.jpg

By the way, I read your Paraglider articles. Nice work. Can't wait to see which photos you will be using...

Ed

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Thanks for that suggestion, but I think I'm looking for a slightly more "modern" spacesuit, like an Apollo or shuttle suit. The report concerns future NASA activities, and we want something that looks like it could be a future lunar suit--at least from the shoulders up.

As for the Paraglider article, thanks. In addition to the photos you generously provided, I obtained a lot of good ones from Glen Swanson. They were of two kinds--photos of the El Kabong I boilerplate, particularly during drop tests, and photos of the El Kabong I restoration in 2001-2002. I also took a number of my own photos of the Paresev, TTV-1 and El Kabong. And in addition to all of that, I have a number of good photos of the subscale Gemini during various tests. The one that I'm missing that I could not find anywhere was a photo you used in your Quest article of the TTV-1 in flight, being towed (I think--working from memory here). But I've got others showing it on the ground.

My biggest concern is that I have too many photos for a two-part article. There's just a lot of great stuff that has not been published before that I wanted to get into print.

Falcon109
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posted 03-08-2007 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Falcon109   Click Here to Email Falcon109     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about this 2004 shot of Dean Eppler in a "Mark-III" suit, Dwayne?

Dwayne Day
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posted 03-08-2007 03:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwayne Day   Click Here to Email Dwayne Day     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is actually pretty good! Thanks.

John Charles
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posted 03-08-2007 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Charles     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Dwayne Day:
...As for the Paraglider article..

DDay,
I, too, look forward to your Paraglider articles. By any chance, did you address the mechanics of the helicopter-towed launch of the full-size, piloted test vehicle? I wish I could see just one video of that, because I really cannot visualize it...
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John Charles
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[Edited by John Charles (March 08, 2007).]

Dwayne Day
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posted 03-09-2007 08:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwayne Day   Click Here to Email Dwayne Day     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by John Charles:
By any chance, did you address the mechanics of the helicopter-towed launch of the full-size, piloted test vehicle? I wish I could see just one video of that, because I really cannot visualize it...

Alas, no. I went primarily from secondary sources, not original documentation. I too wondered how the heck they towed something behind a helicopter. But it seems possible that as long as you keep the towed vehicle below the towing craft, there should be few problems.

Most problems were encountered with deployment, and it seems like the NASA program was plagued by bad quality control. I have only a little bit of information that states that directly, but you don't have to be a rocket scientist to read about all their stupid failures to realize that they just were not enforcing quality on the project. For instance, they had numerous regular parachute failures as well as failures of simple radio control systems. That stuff should have been routine and one would have expected the problems to be with the new technology such as the paraglider itself.

As I stated in the Spaceflight thread, I primarily wrote this because I gained access to some great photos, most of which have never been published before.

Philip
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posted 03-17-2007 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Skylab spacewalks of Bean - Lousma and Garriott are in this league of photos!
I have those in very high resolution, even those with the visor up so You can see the face of the astronaut http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/skylab/SL3-118-2180.jpg

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