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The 'impossible' search is on for Apollo 10's 'Snoopy'
MSNBC ^ | 19 September 2011 | Mark Thompson

Posted on 09/22/2011 12:58:40 AM PDT by buccaneer81

It's not often I read about a new project that leaves me undecided whether it's totally crazy or a stroke of genius.

I was recently sent a news release of such a project and, having read it over a few times, I think I'm leaning toward the latter.

The idea is the brain child of British amateur astronomer Nick Howes who not only has a passion for hunting for asteroids, but also for the Space Race — in particular, the Apollo era.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: apollo10; nasa; search; snoopy

1 posted on 09/22/2011 12:58:48 AM PDT by buccaneer81
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To: buccaneer81

Last I saw of Snoopy was second star from the right and straight on until morning.


2 posted on 09/22/2011 1:04:42 AM PDT by bgill (There, happy now?)
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To: buccaneer81

Maybe we can get these same folks to locate Zero’s REAL birth certificate.


3 posted on 09/22/2011 1:06:50 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Maybe they should ask Slick Willie...
4 posted on 09/22/2011 4:06:58 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: buccaneer81
From a few days ago
5 posted on 09/22/2011 4:15:45 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: Hatteras

Oh, brother...


6 posted on 09/22/2011 4:19:05 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: buccaneer81

7 posted on 09/22/2011 4:21:24 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("To Serve Manatee" is a cookbook!)
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To: Jonah Hex

Apollo 10 Mission Control console

8 posted on 09/22/2011 4:31:00 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("To Serve Manatee" is a cookbook!)
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To: Jonah Hex

Those rear-projection numeric displays were about $100/digit in 1967 money.


9 posted on 09/22/2011 5:38:34 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: buccaneer81

Since the excerpt gave no info on the topic, this may help:

As part of the mission, Apollo 10’s lunar module ascent stage — affectionately called “Snoopy” — was discarded and sent into an orbit around the sun. Now, 42 years later, it’s still believed to be out there.


10 posted on 09/22/2011 6:06:08 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Are you better off now than you were four trillion dollars ago?)
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To: Steely Tom

That’s not a CRT?


11 posted on 09/22/2011 6:06:57 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Are you better off now than you were four trillion dollars ago?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Zero’s real birth certificate was certainly NOT the ‘abstract’ he relased two months ago.

This was meant to look as if it was copied from a page in a book- so... show us that book?

Has ANYONE in Hawaii who has requested their birth certificate received a similar “abstract” from a book that looks anything like this?

This is wrong on so many levels, and the presititute liberal media looks at it and goes “Ok, I’m happy with it”


12 posted on 09/22/2011 6:09:38 AM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket~!!!)
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To: Beelzebubba
That is a CRT.

I'm referring to the glowing digits above it and to it's right. One reads "9.1913" and another reads "00230.12".

Also, looking at the CRT scren, I don't think there were big enough screen buffers in those days to capture fine detail as appears to be displayed on that screen.

I'm thinking that the display on that CRT is generated by aiming a video camera at a piece of paper somewhere.

13 posted on 09/22/2011 6:15:56 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: buccaneer81
From LP7

Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan in the Apollo 10 lunar module "Snoopy" prepare to dock with John Young, who snapped this picture on May 23, 1969. Away only eight hours Stafford and Cernan put the LM into a transfer orbit and descended to 14.4 km above the lunar surface before dropping the landing stage and firing the critical ascent stage six subsequent missions would depend upon to return them to ferry them back the Command Module and eventually to Earth. It was only the second time humans had visited the Moon's vicinity less than two months before Apollo 11. When later Jettisoned, the LM ascent stage engine was ignited remotely, on a trajectory placing the vehicle in orbit around the Sun, where it is presumed to remain to the present day. "Snoopy" is the only intact LM ascent stage remaining of the ten full Apollo lunar landers eventually launched into space [NASA/JSC].

14 posted on 09/22/2011 6:44:18 AM PDT by Prospero (non est ad astra mollis e terris via)
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To: Steely Tom

Ah. Thanks. How did they work, and what are they called (I’ll check out eBay)?


15 posted on 09/22/2011 7:19:28 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Are you better off now than you were four trillion dollars ago?)
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To: Steely Tom

I don’t think those are rear projection displays. I think the numeric displays are what we called “nixie” tubes.


16 posted on 09/22/2011 7:34:59 AM PDT by saminfl
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To: Beelzebubba
Beelzebubba:

Ah. Thanks. How did they work, and what are they called (I’ll check out eBay)?

Here's a link.

saminfl:

I don’t think those are rear projection displays. I think the numeric displays are what we called “nixie” tubes.

I can see why you might think that; the slight misalignment of the digits does look like the depth effect seen with Nixie tubes. I hadn't noticed that at first.

I still think they're rear-projection units, based on the quality of the images and their color. The misalignment could be due to misalignment within the projection unit itself. Still, you could be right.

17 posted on 09/22/2011 9:24:53 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Steely Tom; Beelzebubba

After looking again at the picture, I think those NUMERIC displays are the same as the ones that used to be on gasoline pumps.

They are rotating geared dials with numbers around the periphery. Very much like the dials on radio gear in older private airplanes.

A single feed (specific impulse or voltage) goes to the first digit, and all the other digits are driven by gearing off the first digit.


18 posted on 09/22/2011 10:14:38 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Steely Tom; Beelzebubba

The dials on radio gear were not a good example. My bad.

The Odometer on older automobiles would be the best example.


19 posted on 09/22/2011 10:16:30 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2
Take a close look at this image:

and then at the link I give in post 17 above.

I don't think those are mechanical digits.

I also don't think they're Nixie tubes, but that's another discussion.

20 posted on 09/22/2011 10:30:50 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: buccaneer81

That would be quite a find. Occasionally the spent S-IVB stage from Apollo 12 shows up (denoted as object J002E3). It was supposed to be sent into a solar orbit but a slightly longer than planned ullage burn depleted the propellant left to send it on its way, so it was retained in a highly elliptical, unstable orbit around the Earth, looping far out beyond the moon. It is believed to have left Earth orbit and is now orbiting the Sun as originally planned, but it may be re-captured by the Earth’s gravity as some future time.


21 posted on 09/22/2011 10:33:03 AM PDT by chimera
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To: ASA Vet

I searched. Don’t blame me.


22 posted on 09/22/2011 11:19:42 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Steely Tom

Those are clearly projector displays.


23 posted on 09/22/2011 11:52:52 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Are you better off now than you were four trillion dollars ago?)
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To: buccaneer81

Wasn’t placing any blame. Just posted it so folks could read the comments on that thread too.


24 posted on 09/22/2011 1:23:15 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: ASA Vet

Gotcha.


25 posted on 09/22/2011 1:37:29 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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