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The Old Negro Space Program
THE OLD NEGRO SPACE PROGRAM
Rank: George The Dude
Nominated by The Dude

It was different time, back in 1957 or '58. If you were black, and you were an astronaut, you were out of a job. So NASSA was formed. This Ken Burns style mockumentary tells the story of how space exploration was de-segregated.

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Apollo 13
APOLLO 13
Rank: Jimmy Trane
Nominated by Trane

Apollo 13 was the third Apollo mission intended to land on the Moon. The craft was successfully launched toward the Moon, but the landing had to be aborted after an oxygen tank ruptured, severely damaging the spacecraft's electrical system. The flight was commanded by James A. Lovell with John L. "Jack" Swigert as Command Module pilot and Fred W. Haise as Lunar Module pilot. Swigert was a late replacement for the original CM pilot Ken Mattingly, who was grounded by the flight surgeon after exposure to German measles. The mission was launched on April 11, 1970 at 13:13 CST. Two days later an explosion crippled the service module upon which the Command Module depended. To conserve its batteries and the oxygen needed for the last hours of flight, the crew instead used the Lunar Module's resources as a "lifeboat" during the return trip to Earth. Despite great hardship caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water and the critical need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17. NASA called the mission a "successful failure". (Wikipedia)

 This was a true story of survival that left the entire country in heated suspense to see whether or not the three astronauts would make it back safely or not. The fact that they were resourceful enough to survive in space in such conditions and land successfully makes this one of the most awesome stories in history.

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Rank: Jimmy Olav Rokne
Olav Rokne commented ( about this matchup ) on 7/22/2011
I gotta go with fact over fiction again... and not just because I don't like Tom Hanks or Kevin Bacon. reply high five

Rank: A Very Model of a Modern Major General Ghazi
Ghazi commented ( about this matchup ) on 7/22/2011
I don't even know which joke to start with on this one... reply high five

Rank: Pepper INW_Tim
INW_Tim replied to Ghazi on 7/22/2011
I've been waiting for this matchup. Being an old school space nerd both are awesome. It's 50/50 right now... I may have to come back and votes reply high five

Rank: Pepper INW_Tim
INW_Tim replied to INW_Tim on 7/22/2011
even tho one was Hollywoodized and the facts tossed out the window and the other one contains no facts... reply high five

Rank: George The Dude
The Dude replied to INW_Tim on 7/22/2011
I had to abstain. One is my favorite for the month, and the other is my own entry. reply high five

Rank: George The Dude
The Dude commented ( about Apollo 13 ) on 7/11/2011
Apollo 13 is not the story of the Astronauts. Apollo 13's Awesome is found in the story of the teamwork that had to take place on Earth to return those brave men home. The very real possibility existed that those men may have died in space, and that their bodies would have ended up in orbit forever. A gruesome reminder of the dangers of space travel. But NO! Engineers on Earth came together without sleeping for days, developing techniques that previously did not exist to bring men back from the brink of death from as far away as humans have ever dared to go. Apollo 13 is AWESOME!!! reply high five2

Rank: Jimmy Trane
Trane commented ( about The Old Negro Space Program ) on 7/10/2011
This is amazing, personal favorite right now reply high five1

Rank: Jimmy Olav Rokne
Olav Rokne commented ( about Apollo 13 ) on 7/10/2011
Walking on the moon = awesome. Apollo 13 did not equal walking on the moon. Ergo, I vote for Anchorman. reply high five2


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