Originally Posted by plaaynde
Was waiting for this. Let´s start
i cannot get over the timeline that everyone so blindly believes. let me recap:
1961: USA's space exploration totals 15 manned minutes in low earth orbit
1961-1968: NASA scientists work diligently to create, from scratch, the most sophisticated technology ever dreamt by man (spacesuits, Saturn V rocket, lunar orbiter, etc)
1969-1972: USA sends 7 manned missions to the moon (6 land on the moon and return safely while one of them becomes a Tom Hanks movie
These missions manage to successfully leave Earths atmosphere, zip 200k+ miles to the moon's orbit, deploy a Lunar Module to safely land 69 miles below on the surface of the moon and then the Module is able to blast off the surface of the moon days later and reconnect with the Command Module which was orbiting the moon at around 4,000 mph.
We are to believe that they nailed this mission 6 times in 7 attempts (in outer space mind you) where as it took thousands of trials and errors on Earth to even get into Earth's orbit.
This all really sits well in your mind? w/ 60s technology? developed in < 8 years? in the 60s?!
EIGHT YEARS. not bad considering it took Stars 3 years to implement "auto add-on". In 5 more years maybe Stars will have moon landing software ;-)
Consider this peculiar fact: in order to reach the surface of the Moon from the surface of the Earth, the Apollo astronauts would have had to travel a minimum of 234,000 miles*. Since the last Apollo flight allegedly returned from the Moon in 1972, the furthest that any astronaut from any country has traveled from the surface of the Earth is about 400 miles. And very few have even gone that far. The primary components of the current U.S. space program – the space shuttles, the space station, and the Hubble Telescope – operate at an orbiting altitude of about 200 miles.
(*NASA gives the distance from the center of Earth to the center of the Moon as 239,000 miles. Since the Earth has a radius of about 4,000 miles and the Moon’s radius is roughly 1,000 miles, that leaves a surface-to-surface distance of 234,000 miles. The total distance traveled during the alleged missions, including Earth and Moon orbits, ranged from 622,268 miles for Apollo 13 to 1,484,934 miles for Apollo 17. All on a single tank of gas.)
good read: http://www.davesweb.cnchost.com/Apollo1.html