View Full Version : Decartes' Olympics

2005-Aug-30, 11:45 AM
I was having a conversation yestarday with a freind about Apollo history and the question came up about acrobatic feats on the lunar surface. Being a sometimes-student of Good Astronomy, I correctly pointed out that the astronauts tendancy to rotate onto their back during particularly high jumps limited these types of demonstrations.

After consulting the Apollo 16 section at the ALSJ, I found the EVA-3 Close Out transcript (http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a16/a16.clsout3.html) which records Charlie Duke's experience landing on his PLSS (starts around 17:20:33 for those interested). I was even pleased to find that the event was recorded on video (http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a16/a16v.1701931.ram) which is also available on the ALSJ (requires Real Player). I especially loved Mission Commander John Young's rebuke of Duke's antics:

That ain't very smart.

I also read a technical debrief in which Armstrong reported the same tendancy during Apollo 11 though I cannot seem to find it in the EVA transcript.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? I plan on re-reading the transcript but I thought maybe someone could give me some clues off the top of their head as to what portion of the A11 EVA this event occured.

2005-Aug-30, 01:21 PM
Armstrong didn't talk about it during the EVA itself. The only reference is the debriefing.