Astronaut Alan L. Bean, Lunar Module pilot for the Apollo 12 lunar landing mission, holds a container filled with lunar soil collected while exploring the lunar surface. Astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr., commander, who took this picture, is reflected in the helmet visor.
“It was real cute. So I looked on a few other pages and, sure enough, there was a few more in there. So I ran over to where Pete was–I didn’t say anything on the air–and pointed to mine and he pointed to his and we laughed with each other. But we didn’t say a word, because we knew there was gonna be some little old ladies back on Earth that would be very upset that their tax dollars had sent Playboy bunnies up there to the Moon”
MOONWALKERS - ALL 12.NASA color photograph, 10 by 8 inches, of the Apollo 16 Command Module orbiting the moon with an Earth rise in the background. EXTREMELY RARE, SIGNED BY ALL 12 MOONWALKERS: ALAN BEAN, ALAN SHEPHARD, NEIL ARMSTRONG, BUZZ ALDRIN, GENE CERNAN, CHARLIE DUKE, HARRISON SCHMITT, JIM IRWIN, EDGAR MITCHELL, CHARLES CONRAD, DAVE SCOTT, and JOHN YOUNG to Simon. Photographs signed by all of the men who walked on the surface of the moon in the 20th century are impossible to duplicate today as only 8 of the moonwalkers are still living. They are extremely rare and desirable. In this photograph, all 12 men have signed on the image of the lunar surface.
Maybe an odd grouping of photos, but it’s the internet there’s definitely weirder out there.
It’s Lucifer(Mark Pellegrino), Loki(Tom Hiddleston), Hawkeye(Jeremy renner), Sean Bean(Boromir LOTR/Sharpe/Legends), Norman Reedus(Boondock Saints), Viggo Mortensen(Aragorn LOTR/History of Violence/Eastern Promises), Adam Fergus(Mick Davies), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (John Winchester), David Haydn-Jones (Arthur Ketch), and lastly the late Wayne Rogers as ‘Trapper’ John Francis Xavier McIntyre (the blonde one on the left) and Alan Alda as Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye’ Pierce(he’s the dark haired one on the right) in a photo from M*A*S*H
Remembering Apollo 12 - Launched this day in 1969.
Apollo 12 launched on schedule from Kennedy Space Center, during a rainstorm. Thirty-six-and-a-half seconds after lift-off, the vehicle triggered a lightning discharge through itself and down to the earth through the Saturn’s ionized plume. Protective circuits on the fuel cells in the Service Module (SM) falsely detected overloads and took all three fuel cells offline, along with much of the Command/Service Module (CSM) instrumentation. A second strike at 52 seconds after launch knocked out the “8-ball” attitude indicator. The telemetry stream at Mission Control was garbled. However, the vehicle continued to fly correctly; the strikes had not affected the Saturn V Instrument Unit.
The loss of all three fuel cells put the CSM entirely on batteries. They were unable to maintain normal 28V DC bus voltages into the heavy 75 amp launch loads. One of the AC inverters dropped offline. These power supply problems lit nearly every warning light on the control panel and caused much of the instrumentation to malfunction.
Legendary EECOM John Aaron (the original NASA “steely-eyed missile man”) remembered the telemetry failure pattern from an earlier test when a power supply malfunctioned in the CSM Signal Conditioning Equipment (SCE). The SCE converts raw signals from instrumentation to standard voltages for the spacecraft instrument displays and telemetry encoders. Aaron made a call, “Try SCE to aux.” This switched the SCE to a backup power supply. The switch was fairly obscure and neither the Flight Director, CAPCOM, nor Commander Conrad immediately recognized it.
Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean, flying in the right seat as the CSM systems engineer, remembered the SCE switch from a training incident a year earlier when the same failure had been simulated. Aaron’s quick thinking and Bean’s memory saved what could have been an aborted mission. Bean put the fuel cells back on line, and with telemetry restored, the launch continued successfully. Once in earth parking orbit, the crew carefully checked out their spacecraft before re-igniting the S-IVB third stage for trans-lunar injection. The lightning strikes had caused no serious permanent damage.
Initially, it was feared that the lightning strike could have caused the Command Module’s (CM) parachute mechanism to prematurely fire, disabling the explosive bolts that open the parachute compartment to deploy them. If they were indeed disabled, the Command Module would have crashed uncontrollably into the Pacific Ocean and killed the crew instantly. Since there was no way to figure out whether or not this was the case, ground controllers decided not to tell the astronauts about the possibility. The parachutes deployed and functioned normally at the end of the mission. (source: wikipedia)