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Emperor_Norton_II Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-24-05 03:15 PM
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12/24/1968 - the best Christmas present ever


Happy Holidays
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-24-05 03:25 PM
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1. oh that is so awesome....
Thank you-- that is so beautiful.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-24-05 03:28 PM
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2. if nasa wouldn`t have stopped
exploration we would be 20 or 30 years into the future now. but they decided to build a bus
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-24-05 03:33 PM
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4. There are much more important things to do!
Like start wars for profiteering! Where are your priorities?!?!?
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-24-05 03:39 PM
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5. that's all well and good
but in order to build something substantial, you'll need a bus to get the parts up there.
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rman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 08:30 AM
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8. Well, NASA did not cut it's own budget for moon exploration. nt
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-24-05 03:32 PM
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3. Beautiful picture!
thanks and happy holidays to you.
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-24-05 05:37 PM
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6. Ah, back when we cared. Lovely. Lovely. Thank you.
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-31-05 12:45 AM
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12. "Ah, back when we cared." That about says it all. nt
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-24-05 05:44 PM
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7. Astronomy Picture of the Day features this today
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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 02:35 PM
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9. I worked on that mission
Edited on Sun Dec-25-05 02:36 PM by DavidD
At what was then still called the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. I was in mission analysis.

Later, we all got giant copies of one of the Earthrise pictures taken by the crew. My wife and I framed it, and it hangs in our living room, above the couch. (Added on edit: The one I have is the one Ptah links to in his/her post. Except that mine is printed backward, for reasons not worth going into here. It's still beautiful and inspiring.)

Wow, those were optimistic times! But Nixon had already won the election by then, and doom was on its way.
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 05:05 PM
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10. A phrase I usually reserve for military veterans:
Edited on Sun Dec-25-05 05:05 PM by Ptah
I'd like to say to you, for your work getting
people to the moon and back:

Thank you for your service to our nation.
:yourock:
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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-05 05:33 PM
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11. Hey, thanks!
I'll always be glad I was part of it.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-31-05 08:37 PM
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13. You're my hero
I've always loved the Apollo program. :yourock: DavidD.

And that Earthrise picture was reality altering for me as it was for a lot of people. But I was 6 years old at the time. I saw how small and fragile we all really are.
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Cobalt-60 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 05:50 AM
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14. I remember this
Edited on Wed Aug-16-06 05:51 AM by Cobalt-60
When I think of the lame job the GOPs have done with the space program I don't know whether to scream or weep.
Had they been in charge of Apollo Halliburton would have delivered a box of bottle rockets in 1972 instead of the historic results.
Please note that these guys have lost two shuttle orbiters on their watch. And they continue to gamble with the lives of the Astronaut Corps by keeping the ancient Columbia class shuttles in service long after they should have been retired.
For a new Space Age, vote straight democratic.
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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 08:36 AM
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15. "Halliburton would have delivered bottle rockets..."
:bounce: :yourock: :toast: :rofl:
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Ready4Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 11:26 PM
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16. I used to think we'd all see that in person, one day.
Now, I tend to think only those lucky or vigorous enough to escape what we are doing on Earth will see it.

For all the progress we've made in the last 20-30 years, it doesn't seem we've gotten very far.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 05:46 PM
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17. If Nixon wouldn't of cut NASA funding we would be colonizing Mars...
...right now. :cry:
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-18-06 01:04 PM
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18. That was my grandfather's favorite picture.
He created, using his own mind and his own hands, many of the titanium parts that were used to get there.
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