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jfribrg
2005-Jan-06, 03:10 PM
A commercial at the Rose Bowl caught my attention. Apparently each school in the game gets to air an ad promoting their school. The UofM ad showed the Earth as it appeared from space. A small light appears in the distance and is clearly orbiting the Earth. As it gets closer, you learn that it is the Apollo 15 CM and the captions mention the 3 occupants as an "All University of Michigan Team", or something like that. I checked the bios here (http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a15/a15.crew.html) and can't find any mention of what David Scott's affiliation with Michgan is. Of course whenever I see something on TV involving space, I immediately start nitpicking (and at the same time hoping that I don't get toSeeked). The only nitpick I could come up with was that the orbit appeared to be about 1 Earth radius above the surface. I thought the CM orbited much higher than that, but I'm not certain of that. One could also argue that the CM was moving much too fast (1/2 revolution in about 15 seconds). If you argue that it was time elapse "photography", then the Earth should have shown some rotation, about 10 degrees, in the time it would take to complete the 1/2 revolution. Also, the Earth appeared to be shown with North at the top, which meant that the craft was moving from east to west, instead of west to east.

Maksutov
2005-Jan-06, 03:18 PM
Well I guess, as Jack Nicholson said in Mars Attacks!, two out of three ain't bad. (http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/a15/a15.crew.html)

But the orbital mechanics leaves something to be desired. Designed by the Athletic Director perhaps?

ToSeek
2005-Jan-06, 05:05 PM
The only nitpick I could come up with was that the orbit appeared to be about 1 Earth radius above the surface. I thought the CM orbited much higher than that, but I'm not certain of that.

No, when the astronauts were orbiting the Earth, they were only about 100 miles up. Another nitpick would be if they showed only the command module: when they were orbiting the Earth, it would have been the command module, the service module, the interstage containing the lunar module, and the S-IVB third stage of the Saturn V.

ToSeek
2005-Jan-06, 05:08 PM
I checked the bios here (http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a15/a15.crew.html) and can't find any mention of what David Scott's affiliation with Michgan is.

They gave him an honorary doctorate. (http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/scott-dr.html) Sounds like cheating to me! ;)

NASA Fan
2005-Jan-10, 08:04 AM
It just goes to prove that UT is better.

:D :D

This post is made in honor of all my friends who are or have attended UT.

Maksutov
2005-Jan-10, 08:28 AM
It just goes to prove that UT is better.

:D :D

This post is made in honor of all my friends who are or have attended UT.
That was nice gesture toward your friends who had to leave Texas to go to college, etc.

Understandable though, those Volunteers have a pretty good university up there in Knoxville! :wink: