Moon Trip: A Personal Account of the Apollo Program and Its by Elbert A King

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It was a strange conMOON TRIP 37 trast to see a former X-15 rocket pilot admiring an antique opencockpit, stick-and-rudder craft. He clearly liked flying machines. When the Philmont trip was over, I had to drive back to Albuquerque to turn in my rental car. It also happened that Mike Collins needed a ride to Albuquerque. He had flown a jet to the Air Force base in Albuquerque on the way out, and his ride back to Photo 15. Astronaut Jim Lovell mugging for the camera in an "inspired" moment during a field exercise at Philmont Ranch in northern New Mexico.

This concern was shared by the scientific community, who wanted scientists included on lunar landing missions. Since the astronauts would be landing on some sort of "rock pile," it seemed appropriate for them to know something about rocks. The concept of a geology training course for the astronauts was quickly accepted, and we were told to prepare a detailed course outline. This would be a joint USGS and MSC staff activity. D. from Rice University who joined NASA at about the same time I did. The USGS group was directed by Dr.

After all, these were the guys who would land on the Moon. Another function that fell our way was monitoring contracts for the design and development of various pieces of space hardware. This was principally an engineering task, one for which I felt totally unprepared. We spread the work around as equitably as possible, and I drew the development of a drill to be used on the lunar surface. I knew nothing about rock drilling, but at least I knew something about rocks. The prime contractor for the drill was located in Baltimore, Maryland, and the supervisor of the project for the contractor was a young engineer named Don Crouch.

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