SARASOTA (AP) – Very few people have heard of Kenneth Samuels and his contributions to the Apollo 11 landing. He will assure you that this is a good thing.
A Sarasota man aged 85 who was working as an engineer at Ling-Temco-Vought, the now defunct LTV Corporation, in 1969 solved the problem. -Input
The radio equipment was in a split sphere that was attached to an O-ring. This was not tight enough to protect it from the hot gases when the space capsule returned to Earth. Samuels received it and turned it around.
Samuels stated that he was a strong and able-bodied person at the time. Samuels added that they brought it in to tighten it up. “I wasn’t as strong or big as them, but I thought the guy might like me tightening it. They brought it back and it worked. This was my contribution. “
Samuels was an officer in the Marine Corps and was part of the Ground Brigade at the Lunar Landing Research Center at Langley Air Force Base, Hampton, Virginia. This is where he received training with Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins in the crucial months leading up to the launch of the moon. Landing. On Project Mercury, McDonnell Douglas introduced him to the space program. This was the moment in which the first man walked into space.
Built in 1965, the $ 3.5 million lunar portal was a 400-foot-high, 230-foot-tall, steel tower made of A-frame that suspended the lunar excursion module. Armstrong, Aldrin and other Apollo astronauts flew to orbit on it. They were trained to land on a lunar surface.
Samuels stated that his brown-tued teammates were in the background while crew-trained NASA astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins were white-clad and crew-trained.
Samuels’ crew worked on a bridge that was the same height as the Sunshine Skyway deck. On a clear day, they could see Cape Charles, which is 22 miles from the Chesapeake Bay.
Samuels stated, “When I first arrived at work there, this gentleman Mr. Adams said, ‘You will be working at your station there on the portal. I said, “Mr. “I said, “Mr. He was more nervous than I. Samuels can’t recall the names of all the astronauts who trained at Langley during the space program. Armstrong was a friend who enjoyed occasional conversations with his team members, and he remembers the seriousness of the project.
Samuels stated, “To be truthful, it was work for the grumblers.” It was dangerous and it wasn’t a clean place to work. We focused and found some great people. “
To simulate real rocket explosions, volatile liquids like 95 percent hydrogen peroxide were used as fuel. Crew members wore clothing that was fire resistant.
Samuels stated that the Air Force had sent in firefighters to help with the water. “This thing was threatening to set the grass ablaze.” “All things had to be thoroughly wetted, even the workers. We collected ice in winter to make costumes we could wear. “
Samuels, his team and others watched Armstrong’s landing on the moon surface several months later. Their pride tempered their reaction.
“I said,” Uh. He did it, Samuel said. “I don’t want to exaggerate. I don’t think I’m too concerned.
Samuels thinks back to the past and says that he has contributed more to other projects such as naval warfare, automation, construction, and electronic equipment.
He settled down and started a family. Later, he moved to Sarasota with his son Billy.
NASA will commemorate the 50th anniversary next July of Apollo 11’s landing.
Samuels stated, “It didn’t impress me at that time, but when I look back now, I was among the very few who actually participated in this training and all.”
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