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Magnificent Desolation
2002-Apr-02, 09:45 PM
I found an article about a February 2002 lecture made by Charlie Duke and it has a number of gems.

It was published by The Daily University Star on February 13, 2002 and it can be read at:

http://www.universitystar.com/02/02/13/news.html#n1

under the headline

"Retired astronaut speaks of moonwalk at lecture"

For a really big (383K) - and recent - pic of Charlie, check out this URL:

http://www.universitystar.com/02/02/13/moonwalk.gif

A quote:

"One of the only problems he had on the surface of the moon was judging distances.

"We had no houses or buildings or telephone poles to judge by," Duke said. "Just lots of rocks."

(Phil quotes Charlie on this exact issue at:

http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/tv/foxapollo.html:

"My very special thanks goes to Charlie Duke (yes, the Charlie Duke, Apollo astronaut and lunar lander pilot) who emailed me (!) about the difficulty in judging distances due to not knowing the sizes of rocks.]")

It just goes to show what Phil has always said (and what all HBs should understand)

The Moon is not the Earth.

Another gem from the lecture is this one:

"Liftoff in the Apollo capsule, Duke said, was a thrill for which he was not completely ready.

"It (the capsule) started to vibrate," Duke said. "I thought, ĎI donít remember them telling me this thing would shake.í" /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

"Magnificent Desolation"



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