also please read through this info..... i dont know what to make of it
The following is, according to Robert Godwin, from a formerly 'Classified' NASA document.
The 500 page transcript was obtained by Godwin, editor of:
'Apollo 11 The NASA Mission Reports - Volume Two'
Published by Apogee Books an imprint of Collector's Guide
Publishing Inc., Box 62034, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, L7R 4K2
and available at:
The debriefing occured while Aldrin, Armstrong and Collins were quarantined for three weeks at the Lunar Receiving Laboratory in Houston, Texas.
The Apollo 11 Technical Crew Debriefing
July 31st 1969
Prepared by: Mission Operations Branch
Flight Crew Support Division
Volume I & 2
[in Godwin's book pages 38-40]
6.40 REST PERIODS
Aldrin: We're all good sleepers. The first one was not as good as the second or third, but the first sleep period was still surprisingly restful as
far as I'm concerned.
Collins: I think particularly when you get into the later flights of extended EVA'S and lunar activity, somehow the crew must place themselves in a
frame of mind of looking on the separation of the LM [Lunar Module] as the beginning of the flight plan and to relax, get plenty of sleep, and
conserve their energies in all the events leading up to that point.To arrive in lunar orbit tired can create problems and it's possible to do that if
you don't approach it in the right frame of mind.
Armstrong: I think Mike's hit the nail on the head. We did precisely that. We got a lot of rest and got into lunar orbit eager to go to work and
that's a particularly fortunate position to be in.
Collins: This is something we've talked about before the flight and I don't know how you can get yourself in that frame of mind but I think it is a
frame of mind. You have to get yourself convinced that there will be a nice relaxing couple of days going to the moon.
Aldrin: The first unusual thing that we saw I guess was 1 day out, or something, pretty close to the moon. It had a sizeable dimension to it, so we
put the monocular on it.
Collins: How'd we see this thing? Did we just look out the window and there it was?
Aldrin: Yes, and we weren't sure but that it might be the S-IVB [Saturn Rocket Third Stage]. We called the ground and were told the S-IVB was 6000
miles away. We had a problem with the High Gain about this time, didn't we?
Collins: There was something. We felt a bump or maybe I just imagined it.
Armstrong: He was wondering whether the MESA [Modular Equipment Stowage Assembly] had come off.
Collins: I don't guess we felt anything.
Aldrin: Of course, we were seeing all sorts of little objects going by at the various dumps and then we happened to see this one brighter object going
by. We couldn't think of anything else it could be other than the S-IVB. We looked at it through the monocular and it seemed to have a bit of an
L-shape to it.
Armstrong: Like an open suitcase.
Aldrin: We were in PTC [Passive Thermal Control] at the time so each one of us had a chance to take a look at this and it certainly seemed to be
within our vicinity and of a very sizeable dimension.
Armstrong: We should say that it was right at the limit of the resolution of the eye. It was very difficult to tell just what shape it was. And there
was no way to tell the size without knowing the range or the range without knowing the size.
Aldrin: So then I got down in the LEB [Lower Equipment Bay] and started looking for it in the optics. We were grossly misled because with the sextant
off-focus what we saw appeared to be cylinder.
Armstrong: Or really two rings.
Armstrong: Two rings. Two connected rings.