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Actually tpsreporter, it was not students operating the laser. Rather, it was a group of very talented, world class astronomers.
Lick Observatory was packed that evening with media personal. As the plan was to hit the LRRR and confirm a photon return right then and there while
Neil was on the moon, the thinking was that of all the things that would happen that evening, this would be among the most dramatic. You know,
ZAP!!!! My God they really are up there, and here's a bit of red light to prove it !!! Just bounced back from those guys !!!!
In terms of the men that were directly involved; news.ucsc.edu...
I mentioned Joseph Wampler already. He was a telescope
specialist per se. Not that he was not an astronomer as we know astronomers in a conventional sense, but a strength of Professor Wampler's was his
capability operating/directing a scope. This is why he was there that evening. Joe Wampler was assisted by Remmington Stone, a scope technician
extraordinare. If you have not taken the opportunity to read Stone's piece referenced in my opening post, you really should, it puts much of this in
some perspective. Not that Stone's account is gospel, but it will get you sort of jump started as regards all of this.
Lloyd Robinson was the project's computer guy. "Catching" the ruby red photons was a timing issue more than anything else. When the Lick staff was
having trouble catching the photons, Robinson, being the scope/computer specialist hit on the idea that if they changed the timing "window", they
might catch the photons they seemed to be missing, and so they did. As it turned out, the Jet Propulsion Lab staff that did the programming used the
Lick parking lot location and not the telescope location for the site of photon origin and return, hence the timing problem. That is how the story is
told. I suspect JPL intentionally bugged the system so the landing site location would remain unknown for a while. We can go into that more later if
Professor Miller was in charge of fielding media questions that night. Read the article referenced just above there. Military guys told Miller,
Wampler, Robinson and others to keep their mouths shut about 00 41'15" north and 23 26' 00" east. The reason being, were the location disclosed,
then the Ruskies could use the LRRR themselves in their own calculations of measuring the distances across the great oceans, and as such, the
distances to our cities, in the most precise of terms. I believe this was only partially true, By 1969, the Ruskies had other means of measuring the
great ocean distances. I will say more as regards this later.
When I became interested in Apollo, the first non medical subject I studied with enthusiasm was this one, the coordinate confusion issue. I began to
write to Professor Wampler and he wrote back, informing me about details not generally available in mainstream publications. Nothing secret, just
clarifying stuff. For example, he picked up the phone and received the call from Houston that night. According to Professor Wampler, NASA had told
him they would be provided with the Eagle's landing site coordinates to within an accuracy of tens of feet. This is what one would expect more or
less given the background on all of this. So it was that kind of thing he helped me with in learning about the mysterious goings on that night.
At any rate, these guys were and are players, big time. NOT !!! students.... That said, very approachable. Read the articles about them I
referenced. It is not much, but you can feel a bit of their magic, such TALENT!!!!
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