lec01 - Lecture 1 Introduction The Apollo moon missions...

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Lecture 1 Introduction The Apollo moon missions pervade popular culture, even today: - MTV’s logo; the first few minutes of MTV on the air were the famous image of Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon - Slogans on jeans and elsewhere (“For all mankind”) - Etc. Whole project took about 8 years, whereas now we’re waiting until 2020 to go back to the moon. We’ll look at why. What was special about this project? - there was a really unique geopolitical environment at the time - atmosphere of “science is in the service of the country” - interaction of humans and complex systems with danger Seeing the Earth from a distance (“Earthrise” photograph) helped boost the environmental movement. There are people here at MIT who worked on the Apollo project. Overview of some issues with the project and the technology: - how did they manage such a huge project? How did they get all the engineers working on the same thing/same wavelength? -
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course AERO 16.872 taught by Professor Danielhastings during the Fall '03 term at MIT.

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