Tonight's launch

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Stormy Monday, Nov 15, 2020.

  1. StratDlx

    StratDlx Strat-Talk Member

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    I got up at 1:20am to watch the launch - it’s the best thing humanity is doing at the moment, and I didn’t want to miss it.
     
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    Deafsoundguy CERTIFIED HACK Silver Member

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    Space flight is so cool. I know this sounds unbelievable, but my uncle was one of the astronauts on Apollo 15. I was like 1/2 mile away (VIP section) in 1971 to see liftoff. It was the louder than sh*t. It sounded like a million firecrackers going off. I had crawled on top of a media van for some dumbass reason and I remember it was shaking like a paint shaker. I could barely hold on! It was just mind blowing. The normal crowd was like 3 miles away. Got to ride in a VIP limo to the site. I’ve got a briefcase (uh different one) filled full of articles and pictures. I got to go up in the building where they build the rocket. It’s freaking HUGE! I also remember standing next to the gargantuan vehicle that moves the rocket to the launch position. Enormous. As far as I recall, they had to bring special volcanic rock from Oregon to line the track where the vehicle moves to support the weight. I don’t understand why but I just remember our guide saying something like that. I had a most excellent picture of me at 12 yrs old sitting on top of the lunar rover mock-up they used for training. But when we moved it got misplaced and I can’t find it :mad:. Got to see the astronauts before they went up, although through some thick glass as they were quarantined.

    But anyway, here’s a shot of my badge I had and pin they gave me.
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    So, the question is, did my goofy young ass ask my uncle about UFO’s the next time I saw him when he came to Oregon for a speech? OF COURSE I DID! And he wouldn’t say nuthin....o_O
     
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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Dad built the CM that carried your uncle 500,000 miles.

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    We’re back in the game.
    It’s about time.
    Since we did the Moon in 1969, I thought man would have set foot on Mars 20 years ago.
     
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  5. RoyC

    RoyC Senior Stratmaster

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    They launched it from your backyard, WOW. :eek:
     
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    Those telescopes you’ve had, were they as long as 21 fret guitars or 22 fret guitars?
     
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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    Bet that totally f***** your lawn!
     
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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    If launching men into orbit is the best thing humanity is doing at the moment it’s little wonder the world is in the state it is.
     
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    That's why they are trying to leave it.
     
  10. StratMike10

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    Just about.
    12 miles away to be exact.
     
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    StratMike10 Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    Understood, in many ways we are back to where we were 50 years ago.

    But there is definitely merit in renewing the effort, got to start somewhere.
     
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  12. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Platinum Supporting Member

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    Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and we will get wherever there is.
     
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