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  •  Felt great, LOL, I'm sure (6+ / 0-)

    BTW I saw Apollo 8 go round the Moon with binocs.

    The nerds at NASA were concerned with orbital insertion. The LEM test bed had been flown, they knew they could land on the Moon. Once Apollo 8 did the orbital insertion burn and settled into a stable lunar orbit they were ecstatic.

    .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Mon May 06, 2013 at 08:13:59 PM PDT

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    •  wow (5+ / 0-)

      that must have been cool,

      to see them orbit.  Live and real time.

      •  2 orbits. (5+ / 0-)

        Christmas Eve in Boston @ my uncles house. Binoculars in hand. I saw this dot come around the edge of the moon. Then when they went in front, you couldn't see it. But then the dot appeared on the left side of the moon, and then they went behind the Moon. The night before and the night after, I saw nothing. Cause I had to check.... LOL

        To this day I remember thinking, WOW, thats us, thats us up there.....

        I've seen the ISS twice, and thats cool, just not like Apollo 8.

        .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

        by Roger Fox on Mon May 06, 2013 at 08:23:22 PM PDT

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        •  Roger Fox: the ISS comes around often enough (2+ / 0-)
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          that you can actually get email-alerts (usually at least 12 hours before) via NASA. I've seen it about a dozen times now, and it still brings tears to my eyes.

          Fast-mover, that little jewel. Google "Spot the Station" and sign up ...

          LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:34:20 AM PDT

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          •   A couple times now ive seen it (2+ / 0-)
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            suddenly show a particularly bright surface. Blazing bright, brighter than Venus, it gave me the old UFO-chill until I realized what I must be seeing. Stunningly beautiful

            "Every book is like a door"

            by Hammerhand on Tue May 07, 2013 at 10:33:00 AM PDT

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