On July 20, 1969, Apollo astronaut Fred Haise was at NASA's Mission Control in Houston when the Eagle Moon module came down to the Moon's surface.
When the backup module pilot to Buzz Aldrin was Haise on hand to provide support for the Apollo 11 crew and the army of NASA officials at Mission Control.
"It was tense because this was the real thing now," he told Fox News, at a preview event for Christie's "One Giant Leap: Celebrate Space Exploration 50 Years After Apollo 11" auction.
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In particular, he remembers the nerve-wracking seconds when it appeared that the landing could be interrupted as a result of a fuel problem.
"It got a lighter when the data alarm came on and fortunately, very quickly, was not sufficiently explained for a problem to cause interruptions," he told Fox News. "Of course it was a great thing to get it done."
Haise is still impressed by the teamwork that pulled off the incredible achievement of landing on the moon.
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"Buzz was there and fed [Neil Armstrong] the right information he needed to fit with what he looked through the window [of the Eagle lunar module]"he said. "It's really a two-person role, although manually moved the vehicle was up to the master, but it took the help of two to really do the job."
"And of course, in this case, Mission Control help to quickly handle these alarms, and have the right people, even in the background, be able to renounce them and disturb the crew", he added.
Haise famously traveled to space itself on the battered Apollo 13 mission in 1970 and remained in the Apollo program until 1979. Unfortunately, the funding problems have countered his ambition to go on the moon.
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Only 12 men, all Americans, have gone on the moon.
Fifty years after the The eventful events of July 20, 1969, America once again have their sights fixed on the moon.The United States wants to land the next man and the first woman on the moon before 2024, with a view to sending a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s. be the first people to set foot on the Moon's South pole.
Haise said financing will be the key to American boots coming back to the moon. "If the right means are not there to support a real plan, you will not go anywhere" "It's what is key, how good it is beyond the mandates."
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