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Hoax is still a possibility,
This review is from: Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond (Paperback)I bought the book because I wanted to read the memoirs of someone so closely involved with the Apollo Moon landings.
I found the book most interesting and well written. It showed that Mr Kranz was highly dedicated to his job and convinced that he contributed in a major way to Moon missions. He describes how he and the other Flight Controllers spent days and weeks training on their computer consoles using simulations set up by NASA to train them to do so. They became expert at dealing with all manner of problems that might arise on the simulators.
The Americans were absolutely committed to carrying out President Kennedy's 1961 challenge to put a man on the Moon before the end of the decade. When in 1967 they had the shattering setback when the three-man crew of Apollo 1 were tragically killed in a cabin fire it took them a year and $75m to redesign the cockpit. Mr Kranz describes in vivid detail the anguish at the time and all of the Mission Control team would have done anything to achieve that goal. That left them less than two years to complete the Apollo mission to get the first men to the Moon by 1969.
The TV viewing public in USA had seen on live television the early Mercury projects where Alan Shepard went into space for the first time. I think it is perfectly possible that NASA used the training simulation for the Moon Landings as the real thing on television and were amazed that it was accepted so easily.
Many other books I have read claim that the Apollo Moon landings were a Hoax with NASA using the simulations already carefully prepared to show the American public in place of the real thing. I could find nothing in Mr Kranz's book which disputes that possibility.
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Initial post: 29 Feb 2012 10:17:28 GMT
Why would Gene Kranz even consider discussing the conspiracy theorists notion of a hoax in his book? It would be the same as writing an account of the preparations etc showing how England won the World Cup in 1966. When events occur authors don't consider suggesting it was a possible hoax. There is a small object (about two feet square) on the Moon (located within the Sea of Tranquility) which has one hundred small mirrors built in. It is used to reflect back laser pulses. This helps astronomers and other scientists measure, among other things, the pace of which the moon is slowly creeping away from the Earth - currently 3.8 cms per annum. Guess who put it there? (For those who like a quick answer - Neil Armstrong.)
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012 23:28:26 GMT
True enough, why indeed would Mr Krantz make a digression into the hoax theories? I'd go further and question Mr Burns' logic in including this digression in an otherwise decent review. I don't for one minute dispute the right of anyone to express views on the hoax theories but it just seems to me irrelevant to a review of this particular book.
Surely, an assessment of Mr Krantz's written experiences and how they are presented is all that is needed.
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