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What would be the best way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon?

Reactivate the Saturn V program (hey... the design is qualified and man rated).
8 (16.3%)
Have A Reinactment of the Landing With “New” Equipment.  (“New” may be loosely interpreted, "Old" is when your drawings are to be interpreted IAW MIL-STD-100)
13 (26.5%)
Duplicate the 40th Anniversry Commemoration (Have a reinactment of a reinactment)
3 (6.1%)
Online Virtual Reality Lunar Landing Reinactment &/o Watch Archive Footage Online
5 (10.2%)
Something ‘else’ (please explain)
20 (40.8%)

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Offline Mr. Scott

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50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« on: 10/17/2017 11:22 PM »
What would be the best way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing?

The sky is the limit!
Star fleet said it was only going to be a five year mission.

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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #1 on: 10/18/2017 12:05 AM »
Send Buzz in a Dragon around the moon... 8)

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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #2 on: 10/18/2017 01:22 AM »
I voted for reactivating the Saturn V.  Inspired by the October 2017 Air & Space article "We Built the Saturn V: Memories of a Giant-In-Progress"

https://www.airspacemag.com/space/we-built-saturn-v-180964759/
« Last Edit: 10/18/2017 01:24 AM by Mr. Scott »
Star fleet said it was only going to be a five year mission.

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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #3 on: 10/18/2017 01:51 AM »
Redo Apollo 8 in a Dragon
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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #4 on: 10/18/2017 04:17 AM »
Just a bit of trivia.  Charles Bolden was sworn in as the NASA Administrator on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing... July 20th, 2009.  So it is possible that the 50th anniversary could be a reenactment of the 40th anniversary.  FWIW, some may think this is a good idea. 

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Senate confirms SC's ex-astronaut Bolden at NASA
By CHRISTINE SIMMONS, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON

The Senate confirmed on Wednesday retired astronaut Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden as administrator of NASA, just in time for the space agency's 40th anniversary celebrations of man's first steps on the moon.

His confirmation also came just hours after the launch of space shuttle Endeavour, which began a 16-day mission to the international space station.

The Senate confirmed Bolden to head the National Aeronautics and Space Administration without objection. Bolden, who has flown in space four times and was an assistant deputy administrator at one point, will be the agency's first black administrator.

Former NASA associate administrator Lori Garver was also confirmed as the agency's No. 2.

The confirmation allows Bolden to be sworn in by July 20, 2009, 40 years after the Apollo 11 moon landing.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=8103242&page=1
« Last Edit: 10/18/2017 04:19 AM by Mr. Scott »
Star fleet said it was only going to be a five year mission.

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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #5 on: 10/18/2017 04:09 PM »
Voted Reenact with New, since a new clean sheet design would be faster and cheaper than restarting the half-million-person Apollo supply chain.

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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #6 on: 10/18/2017 04:25 PM »
As Lar above. Apollo 8 in a Dragon. Heck, you might even be able to have some of the original crew :-)

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« Last Edit: 10/19/2017 07:04 AM by jebbo »

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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #7 on: 10/18/2017 08:37 PM »
A Lar above. Apollo 8 in a Dragon. Heck, you might even be able to have some of the original crew :-)

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Would have been great to send Armstrong, Lovell and Cernan up, just to demonstrate how wrong they were.

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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #8 on: 10/18/2017 08:48 PM »
Voted Reenact with New, since a new clean sheet design would be faster and cheaper than restarting the half-million-person Apollo supply chain.
Yep!  Back to the drawing board.
Star fleet said it was only going to be a five year mission.

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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #9 on: 10/18/2017 08:58 PM »
Launch Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Gary Sinise in a Dragon around the moon.

Oh wait... that crew might not want to go on a 'solo-ship' run ;D
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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #10 on: 10/21/2017 05:45 AM »
I was initially not aware of this.  But now I am.  SpaceX wants a crewed flight on the 50th anniversary.  Hmmmm.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/science/ct-spacex-moon-20170227-story.html
« Last Edit: 10/21/2017 05:47 AM by Mr. Scott »
Star fleet said it was only going to be a five year mission.

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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #11 on: 10/23/2017 02:05 PM »
The BEST way to celebrate the 50th anniversary?  Have someone on the Moon saying Hello back to Earth.

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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #12 on: 10/24/2017 04:22 AM »
How about a maiden launch such as SLS or Orion?  Should this happen, everybody will be asking when the next launch is. 

July 2019 seems sporty to do this.
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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #13 on: 10/24/2017 09:13 PM »
How about a maiden launch such as SLS or Orion?  Should this happen, everybody will be asking when the next launch is. 

July 2019 seems sporty to do this.

Too late. SLS has been pushed to NET December 2019 and is unlikely to make that date, never mind anytime earlier.

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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #14 on: 12/31/2017 10:08 AM »
Send Buzz in a Dragon around the moon... 8)

Since Dragon can reportedly carry more than one person, include Michael Collins since he was the command module pilot on "11".
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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #15 on: 01/03/2018 05:36 PM »
Maybe not reactivate the entire Saturn-V stack, but at the least, get the F-1B engine up and running and use 2 of them per liquid booster.

I could get behind a Block II SLS launcher running a cluster of RS-25s on the Core Stage with a quartet of F-1B engines boosting the stack into orbit.
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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #16 on: 01/03/2018 08:18 PM »
Maybe not reactivate the entire Saturn-V stack, but at the least, get the F-1B engine up and running and use 2 of them per liquid booster.

I could get behind a Block II SLS launcher running a cluster of RS-25s on the Core Stage with a quartet of F-1B engines boosting the stack into orbit.

Well, you wouldn't actually want to "get behind" it because that would be a little toasty...

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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #17 on: 01/03/2018 10:14 PM »
I voted something else.

Have a manned Lunar flyby. July 2019.

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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #18 on: 01/04/2018 11:45 AM »
Are we limiting "something else"s to things that are within the realm of somewhat realistic possibility? 
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Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing
« Reply #19 on: 01/04/2018 12:03 PM »
 
I voted something else.

Have a manned Lunar flyby. July 2019.

A crewed lunar flyby. Send a Dragon 2 with Falcon Heavy on a circumlunar trajectory.

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