Hundreds of thousands of people worked on the Apollo project. Each one of these people played a very very small part of a huge project that made a huge impact. In the end the project to land men on the moon couldn’t have gotten done without everyone coming together for the same goal and working a
While reading the book Team Moon I realized that the author had not added anything about the awesome Saturn V rocket that brought the astronauts to the Moon. I think that this is an important part of the story that should be mentioned and the people who helped make these rockets and develop them also deserve credit.
Astronaut Jack Lousma talks about the difference between the launch of the Saturn V rocket and the launch of the space shuttle. Lousma was a member of the second manned crew of the Skylab in 1973 and commanded the Space Shuttle STS-3 in 1983.
It took an army of people working at the Marshall Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama along with contractors at Boeing, North American aviation, IBM and others to build the Saturn V rocket which launched up into orbit and sent the astronauts into space.
Werner Von Braun and his team of rocket engineers created the designed the technology of the Saturn V rocket that flew into space.
The Saturn V rocket was 2840 tons and took about a million gallons of water pumped beneath the rocket into a flame trench, the engine exhaust hit the water on takeoff causing it to boil and turn into clouds of steam. The force of the rocket at takeoff was powerful enough to list 500 elephants! The ground must have shaken at this immense power and it must have been a thrilling experience to see and feel that moment. My father says that when he saw the liftoff of Apollo 17 from Cape Kennedy in 1972 that “you saw the smoke and ignition of the engines and there was a delay, then you heard the booming sounds and the earth shook.”
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.
Ron Woods was a space technician during the Apollo program. My father is friends with Mr. Woods and at Spacefest asked him some questions about his role in the program and his experiences putting the suits on the astronauts.
Follow this youtube link to hear the interview with Ron Woods-
It is interesting to note that Woods is now an artist and his artwork is focused on the Space Program and the Apollo and Space Shuttle space suits.