"Brits vital to moon shot" - Nixon

#1
I knew it! With the anniversary coming up on the 16th it is nice to see our contribution recalled.

Bacon – known as Tom to his friends and acquaintances – was typically modest when asked about his vital contribution, and he directed the congratulations and plaudits to the engineers of Pratt & Whitney. However, Richard Nixon, Kennedy's successor, was forthright in his appreciation for what Bacon had done. During a meeting between the two, Nixon put his arm around the Englishman's shoulders and admitted: "Without you, Tom, we wouldn't have gotten to the Moon."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sciencea...anniversary-a-giant-leap-for-Britain-too.html
 
#2
Neil Armstrong... descended from Border Reivers!
 
#3
The_Coming_Man said:
Neil Armstrong... descended from Border Reivers!
Didn't know that... interesting as I'm in the Borders currently.

Border Reivers giving us the word 'bereaved', as in, 'to be reived'.

Watching the anniversary of the moon landing it is bringing back shaky memories of watching these events in b&w as a five year-old. I recall it was something significant and interesting and thereafter being covered in NASA stickers and recovering the capsule from the bath with my Coast Guard helicopter. What have today's generation got to be amazed at anymore? Hmmm, eh?
 
#4
BoomShackerLacker said:
The_Coming_Man said:
Neil Armstrong... descended from Border Reivers!
Didn't know that... interesting as I'm in the Borders currently.

Border Reivers giving us the word 'bereaved', as in, 'to be reived'.

Watching the anniversary of the moon landing it is bringing back shaky memories of watching these events in b&w as a five year-old. I recall it was something significant and interesting and thereafter being covered in NASA stickers and recovering the capsule from the bath with my Coast Guard helicopter. What have today's generation got to be amazed at anymore? Hmmm, eh?
I was 10 at the time. I remember my parents waking me at 2 in the morning to watch the first moon landing and also had the Airfix Sea King with '66' on the side. I'm still a space cadet in more ways than one. The trivia surrounding the moon landings, still fascinates me.

The Werner Von Braun connection was all very dodgy.
 
#6
I think the average digital watch has more computing power than the lunar module. Don't think I was up for the landing live but I do remember watching Concorde's maiden flight.
 
#7
I remember having the Matchbox Command Module and Lunar landing toy. Wonderful time to be a child. Apparantly Fireball XL% is being released as a DVD commemorative Box set!
 
#8
BoomShackerLacker said:
The_Coming_Man said:
Neil Armstrong... descended from Border Reivers!
Didn't know that... interesting as I'm in the Borders currently.

Border Reivers giving us the word 'bereaved', as in, 'to be reived'.
And blackmail

As an asides, much of Britain's pioneering space work was done at Spadeadam up there, much of the Bluestreak testing was there. The test stand structures are still there.
 
#9
I believe there were quite a few Brits in Mission Control at the time [Anorak mode off]

What about the Moon landing conspiracy theories? Does anyone subscribe to them?
 
#10
JYKelly said:
I believe there were quite a few Brits in Mission Control at the time [Anorak mode off]

What about the Moon landing conspiracy theories? Does anyone subscribe to them?
Soviets monitored the telemetery, if it had been faked, they would have been all over it like a tramp on chips.
 
#11
The_Coming_Man said:
I remember having the Matchbox Command Module and Lunar landing toy....
Rub it in why don't you!

You'll be telling us your home had central heating next... :(
 
#12
BoomShackerLacker said:
The_Coming_Man said:
I remember having the Matchbox Command Module and Lunar landing toy....
Rub it in why don't you!

You'll be telling us your home had central heating next... :(


Yeah, AND a Johnny Seven although they were a fair bit earlier... 'kin show off!!!

I remember watching the landing at 10 years old. I was allowed to hang about until it was done. Very bad filming and I can imagine how many adults thought it impossible/bollox back then.

The comments about the computer abilities makes you realise just how daft, brave, and/or nutty the astronauts were to go up the in the first place. Same for the Ruskie ones who probably had a lot less to communicate with knowing them.

I suspoect they had a bike chain incorporated in the "craft" somewhere....
 
#13
Gas Gas Gas said:
I think the average digital watch has more computing power than the lunar module.
Read up on the escape motor. That's the short rocket right at the top that would pull the capsule and the astronauts away to safety if the rest of the rocket went belly up at launch. It's a masterpiece of rubber bands, razor blades and fishing weights attached to cables.

I can recommend a film called 'The Dish'. At the time of Armstrong's 'one small step', America was pointing away from the moon so a radio telescope in Australia took the picture feed from the moon. We very nearly never saw the pictures.
 
#14
JYKelly said:
I believe there were quite a few Brits in Mission Control at the time [Anorak mode off]

What about the Moon landing conspiracy theories? Does anyone subscribe to them?
Not a f'kin chance. If it had been faked then America's competitors would have been throwing out evidence left, right and centre. They went to the moon.

What a fantastic time that was to be alive. I was seven and dragged out of bed to see it. The excitement was incredible. Nowadays it seems as if only disasters get that sort of interest.
 
#15
My Dad woke my two brothers and me up to see the landing. He was right when he said 'This is history in the making'. Thirteen at the time and have been watching all the programmes again.

The Right Stuff!!
 
#17
roadster280 said:
The_Coming_Man said:
Soviets monitored the telemetery, if it had been faked, they would have been all over it like a tramp on chips.
Couldn't have been spoofed? I'm sure it could.

More empirical evidence for the skeptics.

Go stand at the foot of the Saturn V at KSC and then tell me at was a joke. Better still, go see the VAB, crawler, LC39 (A&B) and then say "nah, it was a fairy story".

Fair dos, it was a big effort, but it was done.
I was awe struck when I walked into the building and saw it with my own eyes, the thing is massive. They went to the moon, of that I have no doubt.

I was only 1 when it happened, will we go back again in my lifetime? I doubt it, that sort of ambition has been lost and only mediocrity flourishes these days.
 
#18
OPPO said:
The comments about the computer abilities makes you realise just how daft, brave, and/or nutty the astronauts were to go up the in the first place. Same for the Ruskie ones who probably had a lot less to communicate with knowing them.

I suspoect they had a bike chain incorporated in the "craft" somewhere....
I saw a Russian spacecraft in the Smithsonian, and it was all copper pipes and soldering. The American one looked a bit slicker, but even so, they were very brave men.
 
#19
JYKelly said:
BoomShackerLacker said:
The_Coming_Man said:
Neil Armstrong... descended from Border Reivers!
Didn't know that... interesting as I'm in the Borders currently.

Border Reivers giving us the word 'bereaved', as in, 'to be reived'.

Watching the anniversary of the moon landing it is bringing back shaky memories of watching these events in b&w as a five year-old. I recall it was something significant and interesting and thereafter being covered in NASA stickers and recovering the capsule from the bath with my Coast Guard helicopter. What have today's generation got to be amazed at anymore? Hmmm, eh?
I was 10 at the time. I remember my parents waking me at 2 in the morning to watch the first moon landing and also had the Airfix Sea King with '66' on the side. I'm still a space cadet in more ways than one. The trivia surrounding the moon landings, still fascinates me.

The Werner Von Braun connection was all very dodgy.
I was 7 at the time, somehow my od man managed to get hold of commemorative tankards, might be worth a fortune now, time to ask mum if she needs some of her "tat" arounfd the house gotten rid off :D
 
#20
BoomShackerLacker said:
Bacon – known as Tom to his friends and acquaintances – was typically modest when asked about his vital contribution, and he directed the congratulations and plaudits to the engineers of Pratt & Whitney. However, Richard Nixon, Kennedy's successor, was forthright in his appreciation for what Bacon had done. During a meeting between the two, Nixon put his arm around the Englishman's shoulders and admitted: "Without you, Tom, we wouldn't have gotten to the Moon."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sciencea...anniversary-a-giant-leap-for-Britain-too.html
There was me thinking Lyndon B. Johnson followed Kennedy
 
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