reply to post by blimpseeker
blimp....I invite you to thoroughly read all of the B-B posts. It will blow your mind.
As I mentioned before (this is a response to your post) you mentioned tests, in the 1960s, for the Lunar Lander. (You said zero G, but there actually
IS gravity on the Moon....)
As I've said, the 1960s were quite different. We didn't have 4MB memory capacity in our computers of those days.....the transistor was cutting edge
technology!!!! Printed circuits? Not even yet....
There were basic computers onboard, and lots of Apollo tech probably filtered down to your laptop today.....but a Human was still the best computer
that Apollo had!!!
Consider the early 1960s....most people still had Black and White TVs. American cars had huge fins. The first portable 'transistor' radios were
being sold, and taken to the beach!
No cable TV, no satellite TV. If you lived in a big city, you had three network channels on your TV....plus some local channels, and PBS....so about
To consider....the early Astronauts were test pilots first and foremost. New airplane/aircraft designs were tested, as best they could, but had to be
done with hardware, sometimes at the cost of human lives.
The Mercury capsule....when John Glenn flew, didn't have a computer onboard. Any guidance was calculated by computers on the ground. That data was
transmitted up as needed....
That was the early 1960s.
Today, I have more power in the SD card I put into my camera (8GB) than we could have imagined, back then. Instead, it was hundreds of human brains
(far more powerful than any computer we have yet built) working toward a goal. New tools exist, meaning powerful computers that didn't exist in the
Point I am trying to make is: This poerful computing tech we have at our fingertips, today, means we do not have to do the kind of tests we have
seen, in archival footage from the 1960s.