Ed Mitchell, Jack Schmitt, Bill Pogue discussed on The Dan Proft Show
To me this week and I have played a little bit of that one more on the road back on the on the phones with you on anything you like. It's what I do this because it was this week in history in 1970, so they make it back from the moon, crippling home and then having blown up in space. And sustained a certain amount of damage of the fear was that it had damaged part of the heat shield that they need to not burn up on re entering the atmosphere. And there's a usual loss of signal loss of communication. And then you come out of that. You can see the parachutes talk to the astronauts it took for ever. Intentions were obviously running high. And I asked Fred, why did it take so long? I have never really sure nobody's ever given the data of two scientists a scientifically Tell exactly what happened. The thought was. We ended up shallow. That was reflected someone that we had the lowest G level. During entry, which would mean we were shallower. Way didn't quite hit six GS on entry. Uh, but it didn't even that. I don't think exactly accounted for the total time of that delay before we came out of blackout. When that's funny, six G's no matter at launch and reentry. That's a lot of geez, no matter what you're doing. It's like an elephant on your chest. When you finally come out and you drop into the Pacific. Obviously, the overall thing is great disappointment at not having walked on the moon, but it had to be balanced and buy some level of gratitude that at least you're gonna live another day. Absolutely No, it was certainly the environment had got very cold, damp. Pretty miserable for the about 3.5 days on the way back because we had the power down so low to make the lunar module last last long enough And that actually just wasn't terminally the vehicle. One thermally protected with blankets, Tonto. Uh, you making that reasonable temperature and I could have been designed to do that. We've never known we're going to go down that low, but it wasn't And so I was obviously happy. Let's just seen after entry that you say the theory. Eat hot of come blazing back in on entry when we when the divers maybe Daryl's actually opened the hatch when they had saved the vehicle. Cross the airport out of the capsule. It was still early. Little cold inside. It's we. It's refreshing that being a warm South Pacific islands like I totally imagined so you guys are back. We got a lot of questions to ask about what happened and that, you know, sort of slows up the schedule a little bit. Get through the rest of 1970 in January of the following year. Al Shepard and Ed Mitchell, who's also been on this show are walking on the fraud. Moral Highlands, Your landing site. You're glad to be on Earth. Glad to be alive, but as their nose Al's hitting golf balls on the moon God Blessem, that's great, but it's just a little part of that that eats at you a little bit like that's our mission. I lied, and I'd volunteered Actually the serve in support of the power 14. There's a cap com Then I picked Gerry Griffin, the flight director for the gold team, because I knew that team would be on duty. Their second deviate, which was just the primary geology expedition to go up the plank of so called Cone Crater, which is a prominent feature in the area of the landing. And sample all the way up to the edge of the crater. And I, of course, a trained to do that. So I thought I might be of some help to Allah and the ed in there and their visits that I didn't get to do. Apollo's 15 16 and 17 went to the moon there on the rest of 1971 and 72 as 1972 came to an end with Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt, we were done with the moon. Did you think it would take us more than 50 years to get back? Why haven't you know he you're asking? Do I know what the powers that be? Be? Administration and Congress will fund? No, I had no idea. Because that's what it takes. If if you're going to go anywhere, you any program has to be had a quickly funded through the idea of the U. S government in the process that's done through the various presidential administrations. And their desires, coupled with the congressional support through the Appropriations committees. Well, this was the tough thing. I mean, you're the third mission and the storyline was that America had sort of stopped caring. We beat the Russians and most of America was kind of done. I wasn't On. I've still not. And the thing is that we had Apollo 20 on the books. It wound up being one of being pulled it 17, which was particularly cruel to you, because part of your payback for having you know, nearly blown up in space is do it have gone back on one of those missions that got canceled. Correct. Yes, I had actually had about pounds a month. Six weeks after we spice down deep gave me another job as the backup commander of Apollo 16 backing up Johnny on which, with Jerry Car and Bill Pogue. As the crew and, of course, the time we thought we would cycle and normal three mission cycle and what with the flow, Nepal in 18 A turned out We were in training and probably 45 months, and NASA decided at that point to cancel As you said the last two missions Apollo 18 and 19. The lunar module pilot of Apollo 13 Fred Hayes. I'm so glad to bring this tow the Dennis Prager listeners. I played it this morning and got a lot of nice feedback on it because there are two kinds of people. People who remember that people who don't and if you do it, put your back and at a pretty amazing time. The moon landing. I'm mean I'm mean Columbus finding the new world or, you know, I don't know anyone of a We can have an interesting parlor game on what is just the most amazing thing Humanity has ever done. For me. It's human footprints on another world, and I hope we're not. No, we're not. We're gonna put men and women on the moon starting in 2024, which I think is awesome..