Tranquility Truancy and Laser Fright PART TWO
And so it came to pass that when the astronauts were alleged to be in cislunar space, Professor C.O. Alley and the boys at McDonald Observatory would
give it a shot and ask the astronauts if they would be so kind so as to look out the window and see if they could SEE the McDonald BLUE-GREEN LASER,
warm them up for the big 07/20/1969 night so to speak. From the Apollo 11 Voice Transcript at 01 11 28 08;
CC Roger, Apollo 11. We've got a laser that we're going to - It's a blue-green laser that we're going to flash on and off at a frequency of on for a
second, off for a second. It's coming out of McDonald Observatory near E1 Paso, which is - should be right on the terminator --or right inside the
terminator. We are going to activate that momentarily. Would you please take a look through the telescope and see if you can see it. Over.
CMP Telescope? Or sextant?
CC Either one. Over.
CMP Okay, I'll try it _with the telescope; and if, I don't see it there, then I'll try the sextant.,
CC Roger. We'll give you the word when they've_ got it turned on. Over.
CC 11, Houston. They don't have it turned on yet. We'll give_ you the word when they got it turned
' on. Over.
CC Hello, Apollo 11. Houston. We noticed the CR¥O
pressure dropped a moment ago. Did you stir lip the CRYO's? Over.
CDR Roger. We've finished our cycling operations.·_
CC Roger. Copy. Out. '
CC Hello, Apollo 11. Houston. McDonald's got the laser turned on, Would you take a look?, Over.
CMP Okay, Charlie.
CC It's bluish-green.
CC 11, Houston. We got some shaft and._trunnion for you that might tweak it up a little bit. Shaft
of 141.5, trunnion of 39.5. Over. '[ .... _R Okay. Stand by. ..
CC Apollo 11, Houston. If you see it' it should be coming up - appear to be coming up,through the clouds. McDonald reports that_there's a break in the
clouds that they're beaming this thing through. Over.
CC Hello, Apollo 11. Houston. You can terminate the exercise on the Laser. Our rates are steady
enough now for - to commence the PTC. Over.
LMP Okays Houston. Neither Neil nor Mike can see it. Incidentally_ those shafts and trunnions just
missed pointing at the world.
CC Roger. Thank you.
LMP As we are looking at it through the scanning telescope, it would be about a - oh, maybe a third of an Earth radii high and to the left.
LMP But, we did - but we did identify the E1 Paso area and it appeared to us to be a break in the
clouds there, and we looked in that break and saw nothing.
CC Roger. Thank you much. Out.
CMP Houston, Apollo 11. Over.
And so it came to pass that the boys in El Paso were forever disappointed, asking the astronauts to see if they could see their laser from time to
time and always hearing/getting "no" for an answer.
If the astronauts were able to have seen the light, then the boys in Texas at the McDonald Observatory would have had them image the thing just like
But the astronauts were never in cislunar space, Tranquility truant as well, and so of course they never said yes to the laser light because then they
would have been accountable for being just exactly RIGHT THERE, right there , located to within the width of that beam. Take a picture of this, of
that, of the other thing, PROVE YOU ARE THERE in a sense, in a nice way.
There are many ramifications here and I shall discuss them at length in future posts. But let's play a bit with one right now. What if they wanted
to try and finesse this and say, "OK El Paso, we see the laser!!!!" ?????? Then 4 weeks post return to earth, one of the McDonald Observatory guys
reviewed the data and saw the laser was actually off target. It wasn't pointing at the Apollo 11 CSM's cislunar location but was off 5 degrees. So
then this astronomer would have discovered the astronauts were lying. So laser phobia is AN ABSOLUTE. They absolutely CANNOT LET ON THAT THEY SEE
THIS THING . They would be busted a million different ways, and I will explore those ways in future posts.
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