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Buzz Aldrin, has been brave enough to admit that they had "company" during their mission to the moon.
Neil Armstrong is suppose to have made the "their Huge, their all around us" comment on the moon.
Originally posted by gort51
when he made the statement on a British TV doco, he said the Apollo crew contacted Houston and asked if any Saturn stages or whatever were near the Command module....Houston replied, No, they are 5 or 10 thousand miles away (cant remember the exact figure).....
Now they are the Flaps travelling right next to Apollo 11......right.....
I think they were half way to the moon at the time, the object was next to them for 24 hours or so, one would think they would know the difference, between a flying saucer and a flat panel.??
To get the story straight, I called Buzz Aldrin, who was happy to explain what happened. He said that his remarks were taken out of context to reverse his meaning. It is true that the Apollo 11 crew spotted an unidentified object moving with the spacecraft as they approached the Moon. After they verified that this mystery object was not Apollo 11’s large rocket upper stage, which was about 6,000 miles away by then, they concluded that they were seeing one of the small panels that had linked the spacecraft to the upper stage (any part of the spacecraft’s rocket upper stage will continue to move alongside the spacecraft, as both are floating in free-fall). These panels were too small to track from Earth and were relatively close to the Apollo spacecraft. Aldrin told me that they chose not to discuss this on the open communications channel since they were concerned that their comments might be misinterpreted. His entire explanation about identifying the panels was cut from the broadcast interview, giving the impression that the Apollo 11 crew had seen a UFO.
Thanks I've seen it before but it's worth re-watching.
Originally posted by Illustronic
A part near the end of the episode I believe I heard them say, that the lengthy Lander engine burn after orbiting the moon propelled the craft in a way to cut the amount of time for the return trip, the part I'm not sure I heard correctly, is the part they said they reached somewhere like 37,000 mph. Now they may have said kilometers per hour, which would make some sense around 23,500 mph, and not knock Apollo 10 for the manned speed record.
I may also be interesting to find the documentary of the Apollo 12 lightning strike, and what the crew had to overcome to restart the power.