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Una proposta ... fuori del comune ... 😰

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... back in 1965 the company made a proposal so bold that it bordered on insane: a giant helicopter with a rotor diameter bigger than the length of a football field, capable not only of transporting a Saturn V S-1C first stage, but of actually catching it in midair as it fell on a parachute. 
Strike that: it did not border on insane, it was insane
But those were heady days in the mid-1960s, a time when NASA was getting nearly five percent of the federal budget- many times more than today - and when the agency was doling out study contracts for everything from nuclear rockets to ion engines to 100-man space stations. 
The United States was kicking the Soviets’ asses in space. 
There was nothing America couldn’t do. 
According to Ken Spence, an aviation research and development engineer, Stan Hiller, who created and owned the company, had a wealth of creative passions and ideas. 
What Hiller really wanted was “a helicopter in every garage.” 
But why should a small helicopter company that had never gained a major contract, or built a helicopter capable of carrying more than six people, think small?

... thespacereview.com ... Going big: catching a Saturn V first stage with a helicopter ...

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This color mosaic of the Moon’s northern hemisphere, compiled by images taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft en route to Jupiter, shows compositional variations. 
Bright pinkish areas are highlands materials such as the lava-filled Crisium impact basin, pictured on the bottom. 
Blue-to-orange shades indicate volcanic lava flows. 
Left of Crisium, dark blue Mare Tranquillitatis is richer in titanium than the green and orange maria above it. 
(Credit: NASA/JPL)

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Uno scimpanzé di nome Boris ... 🐒

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Right after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon, the Soviet Union landed a spacecraft carrying a chimpanzee named Boris 504
The Soviet plan was to have Boris leave his spacecraft and walk on the Moon right after the American astronauts did, simultaneously mocking and stealing some of the publicity from the American achievement. 
But despite a successful landing, a malfunctioning hatch prevented Boris from leaving his spacecraft. 
He died on the Moon when his oxygen ran out, angrily banging a wrench against a faulty hatch.

This, of course, never happened.

... thespacereview.com ... When a chimpanzee landed on the Moon: the saga of Boris (part 1) ...

... thespacereview.com ... When a chimpanzee landed on the Moon: the saga of Boris (part 2) ...

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Apollo 11 ... il ruolo dell' AIR FORCE ... 

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July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s successful landing on the moon. 
Although the feat is considered a NASA accomplishment, the Air Force and USAF personnel played a crucial and indispensable role in the achievement.

... airforcemag.com ... Apollo 11 and the Air Force ...

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Il 18/7/2019 in 10:08 , TT-1 Pinto ha scritto:

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La corsa alla Luna ... oggi ... :woot:

 

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Ha fatto appena in tempo a partecipare alle celebrazioni del 50° Anniversario ... e se ne è andato ...

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Chris Kraft, an aeronautical engineer who helped shape the success of NASA’s manned space missions in the 1960s as the godfather of the ground-based Mission Control organization, died July 22, two days after the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. He was 95.
His death was announced by NASA.

... washingtonpost.com ... Chris Kraft, godfather of NASA’s Mission Control, dies at 95 ...

... nasa.gov ... Chris Kraft ...

R.I.P. 

:bye:

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C'era una volta il ... "66" ...

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In the recent documentary Apollo 11, there is some wonderful film footage taken on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet as the crew prepared to recover the returning astronauts. 
In some of the scenes Navy technicians are shown attaching television cameras to the side of a white Sikorsky Sea King helicopter. 
That helicopter, with a big “66” painted on its side, achieved iconic status in countless newspaper, magazine, and television accounts of the mission. 
The helicopter did not have a specific name, just a US Navy Bureau Number (like a serial number) and a more notable squadron number - “Helo 66” is only an unofficial nickname.
That helicopter was lost at sea in a tragic accident in the 1970s (*).

... thespacereview.com ... The big white bird: the flights of Helo 66 ...

(*) ... thespacereview.com ... The last flight of Helo 66 ...

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Nel Marzo del 1965 il cosmonauta sovietico Alexei Leonov uscì dalla capsula spaziale Voskhod 2 per effettuare la prima 'attività extraveicolare' della storia spaziale ...
E' giunta, purtroppo, la notizia della sua scomparsa avvenuta ieri ...

R.I.P.

:bye:

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