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Offline BigRIJoe

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Apollo 10 Backup Crew
« on: 10/20/2007 07:46 PM »
With all the criticism about the abilities/liabilities of Cooper (Backup CDR) and Eisle (Backup CMP), what do you think NASA would have done if the apollo 10 prime crew (Stafford Young Cernan) had been unable to fly Apollo 10?

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Re: Apollo 10 Backup Crew
« Reply #1 on: 10/21/2007 07:46 PM »
Then the backup crew wil launch.. That is why there is an backup crew

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Re: Apollo 10 Backup Crew
« Reply #2 on: 10/22/2007 10:07 PM »
If that's the case, why entrust a flight to two backup crew members whom you'd never intend to fly again as prime crew members?

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Re: Apollo 10 Backup Crew
« Reply #3 on: 10/22/2007 10:18 PM »
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BigRIJoe - 22/10/2007  6:07 PM

If that's the case, why entrust a flight to two backup crew members whom you'd never intend to fly again as prime crew members?

Who doesn't trust them? And where is the info that states this?
Again, this is a wasted topic.  There is no way of coming to a conclusion

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Re: Apollo 10 Backup Crew
« Reply #4 on: 10/22/2007 10:44 PM »
If I could jump in here for a moment, let me interject that the backup crew gets as much training (if not more) as the primary crew for
that particular mission.  A case in point is Jack Swigert, who replaced Ken Mattingly as Command Module Pilot at the last minute (we all
know that story already, don't we?!).
Dave, NAR # 21853 SR.

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Re: Apollo 10 Backup Crew
« Reply #5 on: 10/23/2007 02:53 AM »
As I recall it was never a question of Gordo Coopers ability. I read that Deke Slayton thought he was more than skilled to handle any mission. I belive it was other things in question not his skill as a pilot.

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Re: Apollo 10 Backup Crew
« Reply #6 on: 10/23/2007 11:24 AM »
Your best answer to such questions is to buy and read the book "Deke" where it is answered in his own words. I read it- it is in there. IMO- what he has to say is the one, final and only best answer to this question.

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Re: Apollo 10 Backup Crew
« Reply #7 on: 10/24/2007 12:14 AM »
Did Deke have some reservations about Cooper and Eisele?  Yes, to the extent that he opted to use promising unflown astronauts (like Roosa) as soon as he could.

What would have happened if the crew of Stafford-Young-Cernan had been lost?  It depends -- if they were lost a week before launch, Cooper-Eisele-Mitchell would have been put through a sim and, minus major errors, given the mission.  If something happened to the original crew a month before, you might have seen a Borman or McDivitt recycled as a commander... but I still believe the backup crew would have flown.

But as Jim rightly points out, this simply can't be answered.... it's all a guess.

Michael Cassut, co-author of "DEKE!"

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