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Astronaut Vance Brand

Vance Brand  was a test pilot and NASA astronaut.  He was commander of the joint US USSR space mission Apollo Soyuz and flew three Space Shuttle missions on STS-5, STS 41B and STS-35. He had some ideas that I think you might find interesting.

I think that everything that Vance Brand says relates to the book Team Moon. He talks about how everyone had a part to play. Big or small everyone had something to do that was important to the overall mission.

Brand says, “People had to think about what it would be like in space and what you would need.  They had to look ahead to see what you would need.”

He also talks how people had to invent things to help us get to the Moon.  Even the smallest piece of velcro had to be custom made and it all had to be invented and designed. Brand shares the same idea as Catherine Thimmesh , it took 400,000 people to all come together to create this big project. I wonder if there will ever be another huge event or project that takes place in the future, that brings people together to work for a common goal like these missions to the Moon. To get to the moon many agencies, companies, universities, and other organizations must have come together and brainstormed every possible problem that could occur on the Apollo Missions and then think of every possible solution.

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http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/brand.html

Scroll down the following website page to see drawings my grandfather made while he was with the Apollo crew during Apollo Soyuz training in Russia in the 1970’s

http://www.callespaceart.com/Apollo.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velcro

http://history.nasa.gov/apollo/apsoyhist.html

http://www.space.com/20833-apollo-soyuz.html

Questions to be asked

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I have been inspired by Catherine Thimmesh, the author of Team Moon and I am going to interview some of the Apollo astronauts and people who were part of the Apollo program.  Like the people in the book these people will be talking about their experiences and how they felt at the time of the Apollo Missions.  Others will be talking about future space travel plans farther than the Moon like to Mars.

Stay tuned, I will have answers to questions that many of you will find interesting posted next week.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Apollo_astronauts

http://www.dickgordon.com/

http://www.alanbean.com/

http://www.spacefest.info/

http://www.aerospaceguide.net/spacebook/mars.html

http://www.andrewchaikin.com/