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'Apollo's unsung hero' for developing the moon landing strategy in the 1960's dies aged 95
UK Daily Mail ^ | 04/19/2014 | AP

Posted on 04/20/2014 9:50:17 AM PDT by DFG

John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.

Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, from complications from Parkinson's disease, his son-in-law Tucker Withington, of Plymouth, Mass., confirmed Saturday.

As NASA describes on its website, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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KEYWORDS: apollo; houbolt; lor; moon; muslimoutreach; nasa; obituaries; obituary; spaceexploration
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1 posted on 04/20/2014 9:50:18 AM PDT by DFG
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To: DFG
Somewhat as a voice in the wilderness, I would like to pass on a few thoughts. ...
2 posted on 04/20/2014 9:56:05 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: DFG

I believe the Apollo program and the Moon landings was America at its peak(would have loved to have been around then).

Been all downhill from there.


3 posted on 04/20/2014 9:57:02 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: DFG

The dream of rocketing Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to the moon just became more unlikely.


4 posted on 04/20/2014 9:58:02 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: DFG

When an engineer does a job perfectly, no one notices.


5 posted on 04/20/2014 9:58:15 AM PDT by null and void (...if you are too sure of your place in heaven you might be too arrogant to actually get there.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Just need someone who can punch like Ralph Kramden.


6 posted on 04/20/2014 9:59:13 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: DFG

I wonder if he thought he’d live to see NASA turned into a hollow agency whose goal is “Muslim outreach”?


7 posted on 04/20/2014 10:00:11 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: KoRn
The defining moment was when Neil Armstrong didn't say "I claim thee for The United States of America!"

THAT would have turbocharged space exploration as every country tried to get there (and elsewhere) to claim their own chunk!

8 posted on 04/20/2014 10:01:05 AM PDT by null and void (...if you are too sure of your place in heaven you might be too arrogant to actually get there.)
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To: KoRn

I remember those days as a kid in junior high.There was a different spirit in America then. That ‘’can do’’ feeling. An optimism that we could achieve anything. So different than today.


9 posted on 04/20/2014 10:01:28 AM PDT by jmacusa
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To: KoRn
(would have loved to have been around then)

I was. It was amazing, simply amazing.

10 posted on 04/20/2014 10:02:18 AM PDT by null and void (...if you are too sure of your place in heaven you might be too arrogant to actually get there.)
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To: KoRn

I was privileged to work in that program a bit and agree with you. Met some great people. Was introduced to Jesus by some very sharp NASA engineers. Later worked in the shuttle program which was quite different in a number of ways.


11 posted on 04/20/2014 10:05:04 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: DFG
This brings back memories of my own. Still 95 years is a good run, so to speak.

A less than glorious passing also today, is the late Hurricane Carter, a boxer. He died virtually alone in Toronto. Many believe he was a murderer. Not so in Canada.

12 posted on 04/20/2014 10:10:32 AM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: null and void
Yes it was...there were some stumbles along the way like the fire while testing a capsule and some rockets which did not fire off as planned but it clearly demonstrated what can happen when a nation pursues a single goal and applies the fiscal and human assets to get there.

Alas that whole condition is now gone...the engineers disbursed, the space program relying upon another nation to ferry our astronauts and a new goal which has nothing to do with exploration rather the expansion of some Pollyanna view of human coexistence.

13 posted on 04/20/2014 10:11:41 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: KoRn

I was a teenager when we landed on moon. My terminally ill grandmother was living with us then. Most of the time she was out of it on morphine or something, but for the moon landing she refused her medication so she could be awake to witness this event. She was no doubt in a lot of pain, but this immigrant Italian lady with little education and a modest knowledge of English was able to witness and appreciate this stunning achievement.

Grandma passed away about a month later. I was and still am very proud of her.


14 posted on 04/20/2014 10:12:26 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: KoRn
I believe the Apollo program and the Moon landings was America at its peak(would have loved to have been around then)

My dad worked for a NASA contractor at the JSC for many years. As a kid I can tell you it *was* amazing like nothing since, and for my dad, only the return of Jesus could've topped it.

Been all downhill from there.

Not really downhill, more like and immediately plunge from a cliff. During the years of the Apollo program, The "Great Society" and Third world immigration were enacted. The summer of 1969 also brought us Woodstock, Chappaquiddick, and the Manson murders. During the last moon missions, Nixon gave France the finger and ditched the gold standard, began wage and price freezes, and ultimately left Vietnam twisting in the wind.

15 posted on 04/20/2014 10:27:54 AM PDT by Spirochete (Does the FedGov have the attributes of a legitimate government?)
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To: DFG

RIP.


16 posted on 04/20/2014 10:32:43 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: DFG

Lunar Orbit Rendezvous. As soon as I saw Houbolt’s name, I knew what he had done. That man deserved more praise than he got.


17 posted on 04/20/2014 10:35:58 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: NonValueAdded

Re#2: Did Houbolt really say that in the letter accompanying his report? If so, cool, but I thought FTETTM just added that for a dramatic flair.


18 posted on 04/20/2014 10:36:53 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: DFG

The moon landings happened so long ago that to most people under the age of about 50, they are in the same category of stagecoaches rumbling across the unsettled Plains back in the early 1800s. Even sadder, most young people have no desire whatsoever to return to the exploration of space. Instead, you get the tired liberal cliches like “we need to feed everybody on Earth before we send another rocket up into space.”


19 posted on 04/20/2014 10:41:16 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: KoRn

The US was just coasting then like a rocket having spent its fuel ... the actual peak was years prior with the cancellation of the Air Force’s top mounted shuttle design and Orion.

The decision to end the Apollo program marked the end of hope and a lot of dreams - not just in the US either.

All of this has been put down to a failure of political will in the US, and the beginning of serious navel gazing.

The only alternative to the above is the US was told by unspecified parties not to return to the Moon in such terms that they were scared S-less, as were the Russians ...


20 posted on 04/20/2014 10:51:15 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: null and void

There was already a Treaty in place which prevented that claim, even if someone had told Neil to make such a claim.


21 posted on 04/20/2014 10:52:55 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: PIF
Yes. The Soviets pushed for it when it became clear they weren't going to get there first.

What quisling negotiator agreed to a treaty surrendering the right of discovery for the very first time in recorded history???

22 posted on 04/20/2014 11:03:30 AM PDT by null and void (...if you are too sure of your place in heaven you might be too arrogant to actually get there.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

“The dream of rocketing Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to the moon just became more unlikely.”

I know it would have been expensive to send the horse sh*t there too but well worth to show the other *ssclowns what we have in store for them too...


23 posted on 04/20/2014 11:05:57 AM PDT by ldish (Have had enough...you??????)
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To: DFG
I remember the Moon Landing. We had been chopping cotton all morning and came into the house to sit around the TV and watch it. There we were, dirty, from doing manual labour all morning and watching the pinnacle of technology on the TV. After the landing it was all we could talk about while we went about finishing the cotton field.
24 posted on 04/20/2014 11:51:44 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug

VV, didn’t see a sarc tag.

The moon landing was on a Sunday evening, July 20, 1969.

Were you chopping cotton at night?


25 posted on 04/20/2014 11:57:14 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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26 posted on 04/20/2014 11:59:34 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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27 posted on 04/20/2014 12:03:44 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: fatnotlazy; KoRn

I was 8. We had just moved to Houston July 1, 1969. Went to to the neighbors house to watch it because they had a color TV.

My Grandma (Dad’s Mom) was born in 1901 and lived to be 103. I often stop and think of ALL the things She saw in Her lifetime: Horse & Buggy to cars/The Wright Bros./Lindberg/Great Depression/WWI/WWII/Korea/Nam/Space Flight/All the Mideast Crap/Space Shuttle/etc.

She outlived all 3 of Her Sons


28 posted on 04/20/2014 12:16:11 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: backwoods-engineer
Re#2: Did Houbolt really say that in the letter accompanying his report?

From NASA's own web site, yes: Lunar Orbit Rendezvous and the Apollo Program

29 posted on 04/20/2014 12:18:44 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: mabarker1
to see that much history in one lifetime is incredible... also shows how fast technology advanced in that short a time as compared to the rest of recorded history
30 posted on 04/20/2014 12:24:40 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: DFG

I remember seeing a documentary about the Apollo program not too long ago that included this guy’s story. He got into some serious bureaucratic trouble for going over heads to get his LOR concept into the discussion and was effectively exiled for a time before returning as a hero after Apollo 11.


31 posted on 04/20/2014 1:07:53 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: null and void

Signed at Washington, London, Moscow, January 27, 1967
Ratification advised by U.S. Senate April 25, 1967
Ratified by U.S. President May 24, 1967
U.S. ratification deposited at Washington, London, and Moscow October 10, 1967
Proclaimed by U.S. President (Lyndon B. Johnson) October 10, 1967

Take your pick of quisling negotiators ...


32 posted on 04/20/2014 1:25:18 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: musicman

Of course, the former did and the latter didn’t. Shovel-ready wasn’t as shovel-ready as claiming that you could keep your doctor if you like him/her.


33 posted on 04/20/2014 2:17:38 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: mabarker1

I had two aunts that were born in the 1890’s and they lived to see Halley’s Comet twice and the moon landing.


34 posted on 04/20/2014 2:22:02 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: exit82

I am sure he is talking about the first man on the moon walk by our two astronauts. I distinctly remember it was a sunny summer afternoon in Vermillion, Ohio. Obviously nobody watched the actual “LANDING” on the moon.


35 posted on 04/20/2014 10:06:48 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
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To: biff

36 posted on 04/20/2014 10:11:53 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AppyPappy

Wow! That’s cool.


37 posted on 04/21/2014 4:31:49 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: Chode

Yeah, and She smoked unfiltered Camel’s and drank Bloody Mary’s everyday.

She also rode a Camel at one point and owned Her own Camel Saddle from when She traveled to/lived in the Mid-east w/My Aunt in the Army.


38 posted on 04/21/2014 4:37:37 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: mabarker1
and we think we've seen a lot...
39 posted on 04/21/2014 4:46:47 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

LOL, I don’t remember parts of the late ‘70s - late ‘80s so I got kinda a “mental gap” there...

/whistling past the graveyard.


40 posted on 04/21/2014 5:08:29 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: mabarker1
i heard that...
41 posted on 04/21/2014 2:43:43 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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