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I am a physician with a special interest in the basic sciences, human physiology and biochemistry. Armstrong's comments about what he saw "got to us", got to a few colleagues of mine, and got to me me me too. We knew they had to sight stars to navigate/guide/align their platform, and as physicians we knew in great detail the relevant aspects of the physiology of vision. Certainly he could see stars if he looked "down sun" at any rate, NO ?
We wound up corresponding with 20 or so scientists on "Ask an Astronomer" type forums. We wrote to Lick Observatory, Cornell, Dr. Kornreich at Humbolt, observatories in England, and indeed received good responses from them all initially. Everybody says/said, at least the astronomers with whom we corresponded , that one can see stars from the surface of the moon and (cislunar) space.
Our Side Hardly Needs The Stars/No Stars Inconsistency To Prove Apollo Fraudulent, We Have Shown The Manned Landing Tale To Be Bogus In Many Ways Already, Ways As Countless As The Stars Seen From A Genuine Cislunar Vantage
One could use a feather made of metal and the two would fall together.
Wouldn't hold your breath, not a priority at this time, though a great way to get the word out I think.
I brought it up because it is an interesting anecdote. It underscores the fact that people, even very very very smart and usually confident people, bend when pressed by authority. That is the point of the post. It is a meta post. a post ABOUT conspiracies/alternative explanations. And it is interesting, whether men landed on the moon or not.
"A more subtle problem is the difficulty of avoiding extremely-low-level stray light from the spacecraft cabin and from spacecraft-thrustor firings during attitude changes and stabilization. The cabin crew must literally work in the dark during periods of data collection to avoid the problems that might obscure the phenomena under study. In some cases, the contaminating light levels are well below the visual threshold of the crew, and their presence is undetected."
They never mention starlight, which when dark adapted, should be glaringly bright.
Other occupation: Test pilot
Shepard began his naval career after graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1944, and served on the destroyer USS Cogswell while it was deployed in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. He subsequently entered flight training at Corpus Christi, Texas and Pensacola, Florida, and received his naval aviator wings in 1947. He was assigned to Fighter Squadron 42 based at Norfolk, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida, and served several tours aboard aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean Sea with the squadron.
In 1950, he attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland. After graduation, he participated in flight test work which included high-altitude tests to obtain data on light at different altitudes and on a variety of air masses over the American continent; test and development experiments of the Navy's in-flight refueling system; carrier suitability trials of the F2H-3 Banshee; and Navy trials of the first angled carrier deck. He was subsequently assigned to Fighter Squadron 193 based at Moffett Field, California, a night fighter unit flying Banshee jets. As operations officer of this squadron, he made two tours to the western Pacific on board the carrier USS Oriskany.
Shepard returned to Patuxent for a second tour of duty and engaged in flight testing the F3H Demon, F8U Crusader, F4D Skyray, and F11F Tiger. He was also project test pilot on the F5D Skylancer, and his last five months at Patuxent were spent as an instructor in the Test Pilot School. He later attended the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island, and upon graduating (master of arts in military science) in 1958 was assigned to the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet, as aircraft readiness officer.
He logged more than 8,000 hours flying time—3,700 hours in jet aircraft.
In 1959, Shepard was one of 11 military test pilots invited by the newly-formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration to volunteer for the first US manned space flight program. Following a gruelling series of physical and psychological tests, NASA selected Shepard to be one of the original group of seven Mercury astronauts.
Shortly before the launch, Shepard said to himself: "Don't # up, Shepard..." This quote was reported as "Dear Lord, please don't let me # up" in The Right Stuff, though Shepard confirmed this as a misquote. Regardless, the latter quote has since become known among aviators as "Shepard's Prayer."
According to Gene Kranz in his book, Failure Is Not an Option, "When reporters asked Shepard what he thought about as he sat atop the Redstone rocket, waiting for liftoff, he had replied, 'The fact that every part of this ship was built by the low bidder.'"
Shepard during Freedom 7 flight on May 5, 1961After a dramatic Atlantic Ocean recovery, Commander Shepard observed, "…didn't really feel the flight was a success until the recovery had been successfully completed. It's not the fall that hurts; it's the sudden stop."
Shepard piloted the Lunar Module Antares to the most accurate landing of the entire Apollo program.