Re: Speedmaster Professional Mark II

The establishment UFO debunkers, the “skeptics” Philip Klass and James Oberg in particular, have not done their movement many favors with their behavior. UFO investigator Don Ecker once interviewed Klass on a radio show. When Klass gave one of his standard answers on an aspect of the UFO controversy, Ecker (one of the most personable UFO investigators out there) politely challenged him, and Klass yelled a stream of curses, which Ecker had to keep beeping off the air, as he asked Klass to please stop cussing. Klass then hung up on Ecker and the listening audience. Oberg has a little more class, but he is irascible. I have rarely seen him do any debunking work where he does not unleash an insult or invective at those who he is dealing with, and he can be gloriously wrong in his analyses. It is no accident that Klass and Oberg are both august members of the “” Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal ("CSICOP"). For those challenging the establishment on such issues, the road is rough.

I will discuss specifics on this further along in the appropriate sections...

Whenever I see a clip of that lift-off I note, as the stage nears the top of frame, a cut to a film shot of the stage ready to dock with the command module. And I still think, ‘Darn, we could have followed that final lift-off until it was but a dot of light winking out as it headed for the mother ship.’”


Paperback: ISBN 0 7083 1717 0. Hardback: ISBN 0 7083 1773 1.

Pre-mission simulations at Honeysuckle Creek, as reported in The Canberra Times.

…… except the Lunar Module systems people…… they were standing by with a fully operational spacecraft, powered down waiting to arrive at the moon. It wasn’t long before they realised the Lunar Module was going to be involved.


How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module. By Thomas Kelly.

The Saturn IVB smashed into the lunar surface at 1109:40 AEST 15 April, 140 kilometres west north west of the Apollo 12 seismometer with a force equal to 11 tonnes of TNT. Dr. Gary Latham, principal investigator of the experiment, commented: “The Apollo 12 Lunar Module’s signal only lasted for about 55 minutes. This signal (from the Apollo 13 Saturn IVB) arrived about 30 seconds after impact, the peak amplitude was a factor of 20 to 30 times larger than the LM, and lasted for 4 hours, which was astounding to us.”

On the Ocean of StormsBy David M. Harland.

Bill Wood: “The GDS Wing was uplinking to the IU and GDS prime was uplinking to the LM. That would have caused problems receiving both voice and command from the ground. While there was only one 30 kHz voice subcarrier from the GDS Prime, the presence of two uplink carriers would have caused the interference that the crew was hearing.”

Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, By Gene Kranz.

Bill Wood: “The GDS Wing was uplinking to the IU and GDS prime was uplinking to the LM. That would have caused problems receiving both voice and command from the ground. While there was only one 30 kHz voice subcarrier from the GDS Prime, the presence of two uplink carriers would have caused the interference that the crew was hearing.”

In his preface the author writes:

Flight Director Gene Kranz, on duty for the launch, saw this crew as the most relaxed of all the Apollo crews, probably because being the last mission and the end of the Apollo program, some of the strict protocol was relaxed, and also there had been no crises leading up to the launch. Listening to the conversation from the astronauts as they went about their tasks on the Moon bears this observation out.