Saturday, May 29, 2021

“Why NASA Nearly Left Astronauts on the Moon” for Apollo 11 in July 1969

Lunar site selection globe

 

“Why NASA Nearly Left Astronauts on the Moon” in July 1969, from Unveiled.

One of the astronauts broke off a switch accidentally, without which the engine could not be restarted.

Fortunately the astronauts manipulated a stump of the switch with a felt-tip pen.

Jeffrey Kluger wrote an article about this for Time in July 2019. 

Lunar site selection map from Wikipedia embed, p.d., click for attribution.

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