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Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin
were lost on the Moon. Really

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Posted By: Ketchuplover, 6/22/2019 5:18:45 PM

Once Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed Eagle on the Moon, the Apollo 11 astronauts and their spaceship were actually lost. Oh, Mission Control never lost radio contact with them. But NASA was never able to figure out where, exactly, on the Moon they had set down, while they were on the Moon. And NASA sure did try. (Snip) In the 22½ hours Armstrong and Aldrin were on the Moon in Eagle, NASA never found them. Their crewmate, Michael Collins, was overhead, orbiting the Moon in the command module Columbia. The command module had a telescope as part of its navigation

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A pretty bizarre twist in this story I'd never heard.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Ming 6/22/2019 5:27:43 PM (No. 104282)
Good thing Shelia Jackson Lee wasn't working for NASA at the time, she would have pinpointed their position closer to Mars.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: LeeBertie 6/22/2019 6:05:34 PM (No. 104313)
Well, isn't THAT just ducky! One more piece of proof for the conspiracy whackos - "they couldn't be found on the moon because they were on a Hollywood sound stage in New Mexico the whole time they were gone."
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Northcross 6/22/2019 6:36:51 PM (No. 104336)
There were three distinct problems in the last few minutes prior to touchdown. a subtle and uncorrected navigation error placed them downrange of the targeted landing site. The onboard computer was signaling a system overload with three distinct alarms. And finally the low fuel sensor alarms were activated as Armstrong used up fuel attempting to find a smooth landing area. It was very tense for the astronauts as well as the flight control team.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Sandpiper 6/22/2019 7:30:14 PM (No. 104373)
Interesting. Watched the moon landing as a kid and I don’t remember hearing about this.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Faldo 6/22/2019 7:52:37 PM (No. 104391)
For those on the fence, just take a peak at the link of the Apollo 11 Press Conference in the aftermath of the 'moon landing' "...one magnificent ride, but our recollections differ..." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI_ZehPOMwI
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Reply 6 - Posted by: RenoVet68 6/22/2019 8:04:19 PM (No. 104399)
#1 ROTFLMAO!!! (Best post of the day)
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Reply 7 - Posted by: red1066 6/22/2019 8:10:57 PM (No. 104403)
I remember watching as Armstrong maneuvered the landing vehicle longer than what was expected because the expected landing site was full of large rocks. I have a Apollo 11 movie made by NASA that my parents gave to me for Christmas in 1969. There is no sound , but the film came with a transcript of all the communications between Armstrong and Houston during the landing. There was a lot of concern with both parties about the amount of fuel being used, but Armstrong spotted a spot not too far from the original landing site that looked promising and made the decision to land just as the fuel was about to run out.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Words have Meaning 6/22/2019 11:10:57 PM (No. 104469)
Since GPS devices were years from being invented, Neil was in charge of folding the map, and he was just too proud to ask for directions, so they just drove around for hours.
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