reply to post by dreampsi
A common misperception, when watching recordings from those missions.
In one video I saw of mission control telling them where to aim the camera, MC says "move it a little to the right" and it gets moved
What you cannot know, unless you check the source thoroughly, is WHICH 'side' of the communication the recording is coming from.
IOW...IF it is the part that ONLY the Astronauts heard from their POV, then THEY heard the request from MC, a request that had been made a second and
half before, roughly...and moved the camera in response.
So many of the recordings and videos that have been pieced together, and edited down for entertainment, use a variety of different clips, and it
causes an illusion that the communication was instantaneous.
Listen long enough, you will catch moments where an Astronaut has an open mic, as he's responding to Earth...and WHILE his mic is keyed open,
comment is coming from MC...he hears the first one, begins to respond, and on EARTH the CapCom adds a bit more, without waiting
for the first response to come back. Sounds confusing, but when you hear those cases, it makes sense immediately to you, and completely disproves all
the "hoaxers" out there....
(Unlike the usual two-way radio communication some may be familiar with, like on a boat or airplane radio, on Apollo the transmit and receive could be
Guess they had better equipment then than they do now.
Well...no, if you're talking about the speed of light, and the limit that ALL EM radiation has on it...and, no...equipment today would be considered
"better", I suppose....only because it's newer.
More miniaturization, advances in mic and earphone technology perhaps, but the underlying principles haven't changed much.