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The Moment That Made Neil Armstrong’s Heart Rate Spike

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    The Moment That Made Neil Armstrong’s Heart Rate Spike

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    Then an alarm blared; the Eagle’s computers were overloaded with signals. Mission Control told Armstrong to ignore it and keep going. Armstrong could see enough of the jagged terrain through his window to know that they had overshot their target by four miles. They needed a smooth, flat place to land, and the Eagle was now headed toward a crater filled with boulders instead. It was time to shut off the autopilot. Armstrong took control of the Eagle, and manually scooted the module away from the crater. The module was still airborne when the low-fuel light started flashing. (Another propulsion system would launch the astronauts back off the moon.)

    Armstrong later said he wasn’t worried about the fuel. They were close enough then that if the engine cut off, the moon’s gentle gravity, one-sixth that of Earth’s, would let them coast safely down. But the descent must have been some adrenaline rush to push the lunar commander’s heart rate to 150. Armstrong’s pulse began to climb after he turned off the autopilot and took the controls in his gloved grip. The fate of the mission was, quite literally, in his hands. Tens of thousands of engineers had helped get him here, but this last bit was up to him. That kind of responsibility would quicken anyone’s pulse.

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    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    One of the guys (don't remember which one) in Mission Control was monitoring the descent fuel and altitude, and just KNEW that they were going to run out of fuel before touchdown.

    What he didn't know is that Eagle was, at that moment, drifting over a crater, so the "altitude" was relative to the bottom of the crater, not the surface of the moon. As soon as the Eagle passed the the rim of the crater, the altitude was much more shallow than just a second before.
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    • #3
      The first space cowboy. Flying by the seat of his pants in a spaceship made of fancy tinfoil.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Sparko View Post
        The first space cowboy. Flying by the seat of his pants in a spaceship made of fancy tinfoil.
        And, to think of all they accomplished without our fancy computer technology. A friend of mine (now deceased) actually had one of the slide rules used by a member of the Mission Control team to double-check return trajectory. I would love to know what happened to it.
        "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
          And, to think of all they accomplished without our fancy computer technology. A friend of mine (now deceased) actually had one of the slide rules used by a member of the Mission Control team to double-check return trajectory. I would love to know what happened to it.
          We should have warp drive by now!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Sparko View Post
            We should have warp drive by now!
            We do - they just know you'll cause havoc if you are allowed access to it.
            "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
              We do - they just know you'll cause havoc if you are allowed access to it.
              Does it use that 100 mile per gallon carburetor?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sparko View Post
                Does it use that 100 mile per gallon carburetor?
                Psssshhhhhh --- MILE per gallon? How bout light years per gallon! (dilithium crystals may be involved)
                "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sparko View Post
                  The first space cowboy. Flying by the seat of his pants in a spaceship made of fancy tinfoil.
                  Built by the lowest bidder. (from John Glenn)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                    Psssshhhhhh --- MILE per gallon? How bout light years per gallon! (dilithium crystals may be involved)
                    If roguelabs is involved it will have squirrels somewhere in there.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sparko View Post
                      If roguelabs is involved it will have squirrels somewhere in there.
                      [*Slips the multi-spacial squirrel cage rotor for the dorsal nanowave shock compensator behind my back*]


                      While I cannot speak for this "rogue labs" (probably yet another knock off trying to glom onto our good name), I can, as President and CEO of roguetech labs & bait shop™, emphatically state that I have no idea what you are talking about.

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                      • #12
                        And I thought I was nervous as a kid when I got on my first roller coaster...
                        "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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                        • #13
                          I need an av of The Pin™ taking over the moon.

                          Please?


                          Securely anchored to the Rock amid every storm of trial, testing or tribulation.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mossrose View Post
                            I need an av of The Pin™ taking over the moon.

                            Please?
                            If it weren't for The PinTM, we'd have another planet between Mars and Jupiter, not the asteroid belt.
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                              Securely anchored to the Rock amid every storm of trial, testing or tribulation.

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