Sunday, July 12, 2015

Apollo 8 Re-enactment: how a "safe" lunar trip depended on every single worker

The re-enactment of Apollo 8 at the Kennedy Space Center is quite a lesson in workplace values. The audience watches a few short newsreel films about the space program in the 1960s on multiple screens, before being admitted to a theater with an exact replica of the original Houston control center.

Apollo 8, in December 1968, carried men around the Moon for the first time  It preceded man’s first walk on the Moon by about seven months.

One single mistake by a single worker in setting up the entire hardware and software infrastructure could have led to the deaths of the three astronauts. The presentation makes a point of that.

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