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In short, no. @PaulW's answer provides some interesting context, but keep in mind the goal that Kennedy set for NASA: to put a man on the Moon and bring him back before the end of the decade. The Apollo Program started already in 1960, started by Eisenhower before Kennedy was even president. At that time there was no specific goal, although a lunar landing ...


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Following on from @PaulW's answer above, the document archive that he references also contains the following 1962 paper describing the steps require to build a permanent human base on the Moon by the mid 1970's in which the Saturn C-5/Saturn V was a practical option for delivering the necessary base hardware. Given this information, it is reasonable to ...


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To offer a direct answer up-front, this document published by NASA's chief historian in 2000 examines NASA's missions and history from 1950-2000. I admittedly have only skimmed this document, but this is probably one of the best documents you'll get showing NASA's pre-Apollo plans. An important factor to consider with your question of "what if NASA ...


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Well, no. Way too expensive. What SpaceX is doing now is probably the best option but ... The long slender Saturn 5 had major issues with harmonic oscillation under its massive thrust. This is one of the reasons why the shorter, chunkier Space Shuttle design followed on. The Space Shuttle design was hamstrung by the need to recover the main engines, which ...


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Around the perimeter of the docking system are a set of 12 spring-loaded latches that lock the two spacecraft together. I believe the latches trip as the retractable probe pulls the two spacecraft together making a tight seal. The bang-bang-bang is the sound of the latches locking into place; I don't know how the timing heard in the movie corresponds to the ...


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How often is duct tape used during crewed space missions? So often now that NASA has requested the development a proper "space duct tape dispenser"! Space.com's NASA taps high school students for space station duct tape dispenser begins: For more than 50 years, NASA astronauts have relied on duct tape as a fix-it-all for everything from a lunar ...


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