This is a test of a proposed escape system for the Orion Spaceship. Oriion will be the next manned system to replace the Shuttle if it survives budget cuts. The Orion design currently has an escape rocket similar to the Apollo system. MLAS is an alternative answer. Testing of MLAS will continue because it’s a separate budget item for NASA. Whether or not Orion goes forward, MLAS will probably be seen on future spacecraft.
Where were you on 20 July, 1969? I was fishing at Pinto Lake, California with The Boy Scouts. We listened to the landing on the radio. When it was announced that the crew would skip their crew rest and go directly yo the EVA (the moon walk) we beached the boats and haul assed home to be there to see it on TV.
In Honor of the anniversary of the flight of Apollo 11, the First Moon Landing, we humbling offer the following:
The only watch worn on the Moon as an Omega.
The Apollo 12 Lunar EVA checklists featured pictures from Playboy magazineSee check list here.
The lives of Armstrong and Aldrin were saved when Aldrin used his pen to reset the Ascent Engine circuit breaker. It was a Fisher Model AG7E.
Fisher Pens spent $2 million to develop a pen that would work in zero gravity. The Soviets used a pencil.See proof here.
Dr. Eugene Shoemaker, the person who trained the Apollo astronauts in Lunar geology has his remains interned on the moon.
The only person to have golfed on the Moon was Commander Allen Sheppard. He sliced a six iron.
Eugene Cernan was the last person to leave the Moon’s surface.
“Tell Cernan, BEEP-BEEP my ass!”
Al Shepard’s (Apollo 14)response whenever one of the crew patches for the back-up crew would float out of a locker. Cernan, Evans and Engle had taken care to stash away patches in every single locker and compartment in the spacecraft.
Sheppard was the oldest Astronaut when he commanded Apollo 14.