Monday, May 16, 2011

Space Flights and Apollo 13

I am pleased there appear to be some interest in this space flight due to take place this morning. It still is an exciting event. It is a shame we are giving up space exploration in favor of spending our money on wars instead - but since the Maya predicted the world will end next year anyway - what the hell why not kill one another now instead of waiting?

In 1970 Ramona and I were living in Orlando (BDW - Before Disney World)and we drove over to Cape Kennedy to watch Apollo 13 launch. We parked out on the causeway for a couple of hours before it was launched.

What impressed me was how slow the rocket left the launch pad - you almost expected it to suddenly give up and fall back to earth. Just a pillar of fire that changed to a pillar of smoke that the wind blew and it drifted across the sky. The second thing was you watched the rocket rise and what seemed liked several seconds after it had picked up speed the sound of the rocket launch hit you. Never realized the speed of sound was so slow until that day. Then Apollo vanished into the sky.

and in this very poor photo of the time is the vapor trail as the rockets leaves. The other photos are even worst but after the fire and a million gallons of water dumped on them I am lucky to have any memories of this event.

Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. It was was launched on April 11, 1970. as you may recall it had some difficults and a couple of movies were made about the flight. Ramona and I were not asked to be in any of them.

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