Thursday, July 16, 2009

More Apollo 11 "Live"

How does a wee tiny spacecraft zipping through the void at 10,000 feet per second make sure it stays on course?

As I hear Mission Control and the astronauts constantly checking their roll, pitch, and yaw settings, one transmission stands out. Armstrong is unable to sight on a star, and requests a new target. Mission Control tells him to switch to star number 45.

And what are these 20th century astronauts using to determine their spatial coordinates? A muthafrikkin sextant.

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