50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 landing and Neil Armstrong - in film

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50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 landing and Neil Armstrong - in film

Postby RedPhenix » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:23 am

Dear Friends,

A while back Karl H provided a gentle evaluation of the movie “First Man". C’mon Karl, if only you had told us what you really think. Holding back becomes you very little. : )

Karl discussed the incredible special effects and action in the movie. Having seen the movie - now - I agree wholeheartedly, on the movie giving you the feeling of actually being there.

The landing sequence of Eagle was incredible. See what I mean here:


I thought I knew about Apollo.

I just checked, on my shelf I have eleven books about the Apollo program ( see how I did that, Apollo 11 and all, plus four books) and a couple more digital editions.

I knew the facts: the computer alarms (1201 and 1202), the gum, the undocking, the underwear, I could anticipate the stress, although I though it would be a smooth ride. I knew about the need to land long. In reallty I had nada idea of what it would have been like in Eagle. This reenactment created a more nuanced understanding. Incredible.

If you are interested in Armstrong’s three trips to space - check these other two reenactments from the movie:

X-15: https://youtu.be/lcLJj6i1LTs

Gemini 8 - https://youtu.be/QuZFeH0B1rs

The fly was a nice touch, and according to Dave Scott, Armstrong’s 'pilot’ on Gemin 8 - a true story.

BTW, Karl correctly pointed out several aspects of the historical inaccuracies in the movie, and criticised the mono-focus of the film on a portrayal of sad aspects of the life of this heroic figure. For a detailed perspective (read smackdown) of some aspects of the film and its potential inaccuracies and its relationship to the likely reality: https://youtu.be/_wfXICKd_TY

Also, since Karl and I are a team in many things, it is only right I picked up the cudgel and finish Karl’s promise to share with people the flight sections of the movie - see above. You’re welcome Karl!

Warm regards

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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 landing and Neil Armstrong - in film

Postby OverTheTop » Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:10 pm

Here are some interesting links to The Rocketry Forum with some relevant Apollo stories:

Lunar Rover 1g Training Vehicle Video
https://www.rocketryforum.com/threads/n ... eo.153712/

Apollo Guidance Computer Restoration Project
https://www.rocketryforum.com/threads/a ... 11.149320/

Apollo 11 Anomaly that Almost Killed the Astronauts
https://www.rocketryforum.com/threads/o ... ls.153598/

Houston Mission Control Restored
https://www.rocketryforum.com/threads/a ... ol.153630/

Share and Enjoy! :)
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