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General Discussion / Re: Accurate edition of Apollo 11 (2019) movie?
« Last post by bfeist on January 31, 2023, 01:14:53 PM »
Thanks for your message. I think must have been that person at Goddard screening the film in 2019.

The movie contains many inaccuracies. Many :/ I won't ruin the film for you by listing them.

With that said, it's still very very accurate on the spectrum of the film industry in general. Apollo in Real Time endeavours to always push towards accuracy because we don't have to be entertaining to a general audience in a movie theatre. I think the best intro for the Apollo 11 film would be to point out that it has been made as historically accurate as possible, but if it's accuracy your audience members crave, they should check out Apollo in Real Time, the Apollo Flight Journal, and the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal after the film.
Apollo 13 Moments of Interest / 040:39:15 EECOM Dumis and backroom talk sports
« Last post by MadDogBV on January 31, 2023, 01:04:24 PM »
Sleep period for day 3 of the mission, in the wee hours of the morning at 07:52AM CST. It starts out with the EPS reaching out to Dumis to ask the name of a specific Houston Oilers football player (Jerry LeVias), followed by some brief conversations about baseball and basketball, a cake that Dumis brought in, and the local girls (note that Dumis is married, and this is also mentioned on the loops). This is about as lazy and desultory as conversations on the MOCR loops ever get.

Apollo 13 Moments of Interest / 036:33:56 Neil Hutchinson chews out EECOM John Aaron
« Last post by MadDogBV on January 27, 2023, 04:42:29 PM »
Future FLIGHT director Neil Hutchinson, currently stationed at SPAN for CSM operations during Apollo 13, requested data from EECOM John Aaron earlier for a TCE problem with fuel cell 3. John ran the playbacks needed, but in doing so, did not set up a dedicated chart recorder to provide SPAN with their own copy of the data. As a result, they were forced to copy the strip chart recording with a Xerox machine, something that's not easy to do when the paper is a bit over 70 inches long. Neil voices his frustrations to John with the hopes that he will correct this issue in the future.

Yes, even the best steely-eyed EECOMs can make mistakes!


Supplemental: About 45 minutes prior to that, Neil asked for the TCE data from John, which led to the above episode taking place in the first place.

General Discussion / Accurate edition of Apollo 11 (2019) movie?
« Last post by SpaceDonkey on January 25, 2023, 12:41:37 AM »
Hello all,

First thanks to those of you contributing to making this website, and the Apollo 11 (2019) movie a reality. These are awesome projects, and the movie is one of my favorite. I had the chance to meet the person who worked on audio mastering at a screening at Goddard Space Flight Center and it was great. I gladly organize screenings at scientific conferences, with friends and family, or just me and my dog.

The one thing that has bothered me however is that the movie contains ONE inaccuracy. I just wish it was completely accurate so I wouldn't have to add the caveat each time I introduce it.

With that said, does anyone know of an edition of the movie where the sequence in which the biomedical sensor on Collins (and the funny réplique that concerns) is placed in the correct chronological order of the mission (on return to Earth)?

Apollo 13 Moments of Interest / Re: 056:01:53 Comedy night with RECOVERY
« Last post by ke6jjj on January 18, 2023, 11:17:23 PM »
Wow! That really is a fantastic find!
Apollo 13 Moments of Interest / Re: 056:01:53 Comedy night with RECOVERY
« Last post by MadDogBV on January 13, 2023, 09:29:57 AM »
It really is. And it conjures up a bizarre mental picture - looking at the tank pressures chart as they slowly slide down, watching the transcript on the left as the crew and the MOCR come to the realization that something is going really wrong, and yet all the while, an almost haunting rendition of "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" plays in the background on the RECOVERY loop.
Apollo 13 Moments of Interest / Re: 056:01:53 Comedy night with RECOVERY
« Last post by bfeist on January 11, 2023, 03:50:09 PM »
OMG, that's awesome
Apollo 13 Moments of Interest / 056:01:53 Comedy night with RECOVERY
« Last post by MadDogBV on January 11, 2023, 11:25:20 AM »
Rather shockingly, the RECOVERY officer (presumably Ed Bullock) is listening to a comedy routine on and off throughout his shift, presumably a terrestrial radio downlink* punched up into his headset, starting at 55:05:14 and then continuing again at 56:01:53 just as the crisis gets underway. He cuts the broadcast entirely at 56:10:55, once it becomes clear on the FLIGHT loop that there are problems with the spacecraft that demand his attention.


* Edit: This might actually be TV programming, since a lot of the "humor" seems to involve visual gags, and it's not the first time that controllers have had TV loops punched up on their consoles.

All EASEP experiment directors attending plus Gene Shoemaker, geology experiment lead.

Edit: also found on AFD:
This is Milt Windler's first shift as FLIGHT after the accident. Going through the loops, it's interesting to study his ethos on managing the flight and how it seems to differ from the current philosophy that the flight controllers are operating under.

This is a particularly notable example. After receiving the latest vector from the tracking, FIDO Jay Greene is working on a maneuver PAD based on the data. However, he and the Trench are unwilling to pass up block data to the spacecraft since, in this unusual configuration, there still is no consensus on how to perform a midcourse later on in the flight. Windler, however, presses on against the Trench, stating they should be able to at least give something to the crew in the event of a loss of comm.

This argument involves nearly all of the key LM players in the MOCR, including Greene, of course; GUIDO Gary Renick; RETRO Tom Weichel; CONTROL Larry Strimple; CAPCOM Jack Lousma; and FAO Spence Gardner.

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