"Ken S. Tucker" <dynam...@rocketmail.com> wrote in message
> GordonD wrote:Yes, Soyuz T-10, in an off-pad abort when the launch vehicle caught fire.
>> Just watched the above documentary, which I assumed was from 2 - 3 years
>> ago but the copyright date at the end was 2005. It was a somewhat
>> sensationalised account of the Apollo 11 flight, focusing on the problems
>> encountered during the mission (the program alarms during descent, the
>> delayed landing leading to low fuel levels and the breaking of the ascent
>> engine arm switch) though they also threw in the sighting of the SLA
>> panel. The impression that came across was that it was more by luck than
>> anything else that the flight was a success.
>> However at one point they stated that the LES wouldn't have worked
> My thoughts as well.
Accounts say it took several seconds for the escape system to be triggered.
The earlier abort on Soyuz 18 didn't involve the LES as it was later in the
> I think you are right about that part of the documentary as beingThe whole thing came across that way. The problem with the ascent engine arm
switch was portrayed as a real horror story, whereas in reality it was
spotted before the moonwalk and the astronauts simply decided that was
something they'd have to fix later. There was certainly no panic - I don't
think *anything* would cause Armstrong to panic!
"Slipped the surly bonds of Earth...to touch the face of God."
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