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Part 3 of the Apollo 11 series

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Part 3 in the hugely popular, politically incorrect, Apollo 11 series from Daily Wire as we count down to the 50th Anniversary.

Enjoy.

I was surprised to hear that Apollo 10 made it to within ten miles of the moon. The lunar module was launched, started descent, then had to stop and return. It was all according to plan, and apparently they were so afraid the astronauts would go that extra ten miles that NASA only “half filled their tank”. They didn’t have enough fuel to do the landing and return.

The Youtube direct URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9hC1Rc0uC0

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 UPDATE: Stephen sends in another Apollo 11 site — it’s replaying the audio and transcripts for the whole mission in “real time” with a 50 year delay. 240 hours of space-to-ground audio!

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24 comments to Part 3 of the Apollo 11 series

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    Ian Hill

    Brilliant series. I never knew Apollo was NASA’s Plan B!

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    tom0mason

    Wow, thank-you Jo! :-)

    Not bad for a plan B.
    Such a good documentary with none of the flabby over-emotionalism that infects so many others these days. Well done Mr Bill Whittle.
    So much info, so many memories of watching, reading, and fantasizing during my youth.

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    Kevin Anderson

    Did Stanley Kubrick Fake The Moon Landings?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Koe1YWulsE

    Interesting video, 3:40 hours.
    What Happened On The Moon.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvxw_OKQWDg

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      theRealUniverse

      There are some serious questions that NASA needs to answer about the Apollo missions, although I do applaud most (95%) of their work and other planetary missions as excellent science, some of the conclusions may be off but thats science as it should be.

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      Environment Skeptic

      You can tell the Apollo mission was not fake because of the sound that goes “bing/beeeep” in the background when the astronauts are talking.

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        Environment Skeptic

        Back then, we had far higher technology, more than half a century ago now, and that is why going to the moon has never been achieved again *sigh. Back then, engineers and scientists knew how to use a fist full of transistors and achieve what we cannot even achieve with a trillion transistors.

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          Environment Skeptic

          In my opinion, taking a Lunar Rover/automobile was a bit decadent. Jet Packs with enough fuel for about an hours worth of flying time is a far more efficient mode of travel than transporting an entire automobile to the moon, and, it would help reduce the payload of the Lunar Lander to make room for other things, like maybe more optical camera’s, experiments, and scientific equipment..at least one camera that can take at least 3 frames per second would have been ok.

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    UPDATE: Stephen sends in another Apollo 11 site — it’s replaying the audio and transcripts for the whole mission in “real time” with a 50 year delay. 240 hours of space-to-ground audio!
    https://apolloinrealtime.org/11/

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    Konrad

    Yeah, but no.

    Bill is entertaining and I am a fan of Burt Rutan, but this presentation would not top my list of Apollo histories.

    Instead I would recommend “From the Earth to the Moon”, a 12 part series by HBO. It covers all that Bill Whittle mentions, but in greater detail. The only negative is Tom Hanks gives an introduction to each episode, but there is a fast-forward button for that.

    Engineers should watch Part 5 “Spider”.

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      Ozwitch

      One of the tv shows I would take to a desert island. My favourite is ep 10 Galileo was right.

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    Zane

    China is planning a moonbase.

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    Added a note:

    I was surprised to hear that Apollo 10 made it to within ten miles of the moon. The lunar module was launched, started descent, then had to stop and return. It was all according to plan, and apparently they were so afraid the astronauts would go that extra ten miles that NASA only “half filled their tank”. They didn’t have enough fuel to do the landing and return.

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      Ozwitch

      Well if they had landed in Apollo 10 they would have been stuck there because the lander was too heavy to take off again anyway. The crew were well aware of this. They were also well disciplined test pilots who would never have been so stupidly whimsical as to ignore a flight plan that way!!

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      Ian Hill

      The Apollo 10 lunar module is still orbiting the sun. A recently discovered “asteroid’s” orbit was wound back 50 years and they are 98% certain it is the module. All other lunar modules were crashed into the Moon, except Apollo 13′s of course.

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      DonS

      Half filled the tank because they were afraid the astronauts would go the extra 10 miles and land anyway? Did you get this from an official NASA source or is it just hearsay? :)

      Apollo 11 was always to be the first landing and the Apollo 10 guys knew it and carried out their mission to the letter, as you would expect from highly trained military pilots. 10 was never going to land so no need to drag all the extra fuel around and complicate what was supposed to be a close as possible simulation of everything but the landing i.e. when returning from the surface to the command module the fuel tanks would have been near empty. As it was, on the return journey to the command module the auto flight control went mad and sent the LEM into a violent spin forcing the pilots to take manual control to save themselves.

      The problem was found and fixed for Apollo 11 making the Apollo 10 mission worth the cost of so elaborate a test flight.

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    Bill in Oz

    I know this is interesting
    But frankly watching so much video footage
    is a waste of a lot of time.
    Over an hour last night in the wee hours !
    I prefer to read this kind of stuff
    Then I control what I read
    And skip what I do not want
    to read about.
    Don’t watch much TV either for the same reason

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    The greatest feat of human ingenuity has been achieved on power of the Commodore 64 50 years ago, now NASA can’t perform a simple climate simulation that adheres to data using supercomputers.
    What a long fall from grace.

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    Kevin Anderson

    What battery was used in The Hasselblad 500 Moon camera, was it rated at above 100 degrees?
    I have my doubts that you could change the film without the film bursting into flames?

    https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/03/this-hasselblad-camera-used-on-the-moon-just-sold-nearly-a-million/
    https://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/missions/apollo/apollo_14/photography/

    Nine Volt battery adapter for Hasselblad 500 EL EL/M EL/X Cameras
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMufP3vT9kE

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    Michael S. Kelly

    I think the CNN documentary, Apollo 11, is not just the best film on the subject, it’s one of the best films ever made. If it isn’t available in your country, come to Washington DC, and catch it at either of the Air & Space Smithsonian museums.

    Whittle is right about the launch. I was able to see, in person, Apollo 14, Apollo 17 (the last moon mission, and the only Saturn V night launch), and the last Saturn V, the Skylab Workshop launch. Apollo 11 is the only movie I’ve ever seen that even attempts to capture the sound, and it does a remarkably good job.

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    peterg

    I saw apollo 10 blasting its rockets to leave Earth orbit, just south of Townsville. About 5am in the morning.

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