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Author Topic: 124:23:10 Jim Shepherd discusses the accident and the response  (Read 2133 times)

Offline RobatRobot

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https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/?t=124:23:10&ch=47

GET 124:23:10 through 124:36:30

Someone (not sure who?) uses Booster's phone to make a call to Jim Shepherd.

Plenty of backroom politics about the blame game. Thoughts about the cause of the accident. Worries about the public response and Jim Lovell's future in the program.

A bit of an insight into the progress of the Apollo program: Command modules up to 18 are in the clean room, and Lunar Modules are a couple of months behind. The planning for missions 18 and 19 could be in doubt...

This mission was a real turning point in the program. Whilst they are upbeat about getting the crew home, there is clear recognition that questions will be asked.

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Re: 124:23:10 Jim Shepherd discusses the accident and the response
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2023, 05:57:13 pm »
This is very interesting, indeed. Thanks for finding it!

Ben

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Re: 124:23:10 Jim Shepherd discusses the accident and the response
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2023, 04:32:25 am »
Excellent find here. Not so obvious to look at the BOOSTER tapes this late in the mission.

It's worth noting the exchange https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/?t=124:27:41&ch=47 at 124:27:41 that reveals that the simulator team was working 24 hours straight but finally got exhausted and had to take a break. I feel like this highlights the dedication of the team:

124:27:41 I don't see anyone around here.
124:27:42   They've been doing things with the [K-Band?] here continuously on almost a 24-hour basis.
124:27:47   Yeah.
124:27:49   They gave them some time off yesterday because we only had one simulator team, and they had been going 24 hours.