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Posted: 4/15/2010 4:41:16 PM EST
It would seem to me (someone who knows very little about the subject) that the guys on the old rockets would

have a lot more to do and a lot more details to worry about than the shuttle era Astronaut's..?

Just got to wondering about it when I heard a few of the old timer Astronaut's speaking out in public

the last few days.


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The Right Stuff.

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Mercury
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Mercury


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Is that a small reserve chute on his chest?



 
Link Posted: 4/15/2010 4:46:37 PM EST
Mercury.  They chose test pilots for a reason.
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The Mercury program guys had big brass ones.
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Mercury.  They chose test pilots for a reason.


No school teachers on that mission?
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The Mercury program guys had big brass ones.


Yep.

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Is that a small reserve chute on his chest?
 


barf bag
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Mercury

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Yup


 






Link Posted: 4/15/2010 5:04:46 PM EST
I think this thread is all wrapped up

close it down

Link Posted: 4/15/2010 5:15:42 PM EST
John Young's heart rate of 70 beats per minute during the launch of the Apollo 16's Saturn rocket puts him right up there in my book.



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Stick a fork in this thread.

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They are all tough as nails and the best in there fields. From the pilots to the mission specialists.
Link Posted: 4/15/2010 5:33:12 PM EST
I realize there are more kick ass stories from the good ol days. But I am pretty sure there has been some pretty ballsy shit

that has taken place in the shuttle missions that the public does not even hear about. ?
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I realize there are more kick ass stories from the good ol days. But I am pretty sure there has been some pretty ballsy shit

that has taken place in the shuttle missions that the public does not even hear about. ?


well then all the space shuttle door gunners that hang out here should be able to tell you them.
Link Posted: 4/15/2010 6:35:08 PM EST
As an old school type guy I'm naturally inclined toward the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab guys back when it was a man's world and those badassed dudes were up there risking their asses strapped to giant, unproven, rockets, but the shuttle program has shown it's just as dangerous if not more so.  Too bad they had to ghey it up by making it a PR wet dream with all their racial/sexual crewing quotas and stupid PR stunts like the "teacher in space".

ETA:  and holey fuck does it make me rage that we are not going back to the moon when i see these cool old pics of the guys who went back during Apollo.
Link Posted: 4/15/2010 6:41:03 PM EST
Anyone featured in "The Right Stuff", also I'd have to give it to Yuri Gagarin. Imagine being the first Human launched into space, especially with Soviet's likely more lax safety standards. Huge fucking balls.
Link Posted: 4/15/2010 6:44:19 PM EST
My grandfather was one of the mission control guys back during the early days. One of the guys with the crew cuts, short sleeve dress shirts and thick glasses. When he passed away a few of the old timers, including Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell sent cards. During the later years of his life, he frequently expressed displeasure at what NASA had become. He said the Shuttle ruined the space program.
Link Posted: 4/15/2010 7:18:33 PM EST
My initial vote for Mercury, but after thinking about it I have to put the Apollo 8 crew up there with them. Actually, pretty much ALL of the Astronauts of that era are pretty fucking hardcore...


(I'm a little biased since I just watched the first couple of episodes of Discovery's When We Left Earth series...)

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John Young's heart rate of 70 beats per minute during the launch of the Apollo 16's Saturn rocket puts him right up there in my book.


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/64/John_Young_(Apollo_10).jpg


During the maiden flight of shuttle Columbia, Robert Crippen's heart raced to 130 while John Young heart's stayed a 65.  After the flight Young said, "You don't understand.  I just can't make it go any faster."
Link Posted: 4/15/2010 7:42:21 PM EST
Mercury. Hands down. Serious balls..HUGE sets on every one of them.




Link Posted: 4/15/2010 7:42:51 PM EST
I think Gus Grissom, Alan Shepard and John Young is/were the most bad ass astronauts to fly.  I tend to think of Gemini and Apollo as the most exciting time in space flight.
Link Posted: 4/15/2010 7:56:12 PM EST
Here is a name some of you might not know Joseph Kittinger! This is the guy responsiable for testing the high altitude bailouts before we sent the first guys up! Watch this video and prepare to be awed by the balls on this bad ass! The man fell so fast he broke the sound barrier on the way down! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81gn2oLeC_U&feature=related

Also check him out on wiki he was also shot down in Nam and did time as a POW! We can only be in awe of such men!
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Here is a name some of you might not know Joseph Kittinger! This is the guy responsiable for testing the high altitude bailouts before we sent the first guys up! Watch this video and prepare to be awed by the balls on this bad ass! The man fell so fast he broke the sound barrier on the way down! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81gn2oLeC_U&feature=related

Also check him out on wiki he was also shot down in Nam and did time as a POW! We can only be in awe of such men!


Link Posted: 4/16/2010 4:30:44 AM EST
At the time of Shepard's flight, there had only been 3 Redstone launches.  One exploded on the pad, one unmanned launch, one with a chimp on board.
Link Posted: 4/16/2010 4:40:04 AM EST
The spaceshuttle door gunners from Interstellar war II.
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At the time of Shepard's flight, there had only been 3 Redstone launches.  One exploded on the pad, one unmanned launch, one with a chimp on board.


One exploded?  The 4-inch flight was a failure, but didn't explode.

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Here is a name some of you might not know Joseph Kittinger! This is the guy responsiable for testing the high altitude bailouts before we sent the first guys up! Watch this video and prepare to be awed by the balls on this bad ass! The man fell so fast he broke the sound barrier on the way down! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81gn2oLeC_U&feature=related



Also check him out on wiki he was also shot down in Nam and did time as a POW! We can only be in awe of such men!




http://i44.tinypic.com/295we9t.jpg


Little known fact: Joe was the first SSDG





 
Link Posted: 4/16/2010 5:09:44 AM EST
all of them. 99.9% of the MFs on this site wouldn't make it past the first half of their training including me
Link Posted: 4/16/2010 5:12:38 AM EST
The Mercury guys were all baddass, But Gemini and Apollo Astronauts weren't exactly chumps either. All three did a lot of firsts. Even the Shuttle Astronauts had some situations that needed a little baddassery to take care of. Hubble would never have been fixed if it wasn't for Story Musgrave. Space isn't sexy anymore, the media gave up on it, so we don't hear about what happens.

Don't forget the guys on the ground.  When Apollo 12 got  hit by lightening John Aaron saved that mission, that's when he got called the "steely eyed missile man", despite what Hollywood tries to tell you.
Link Posted: 4/16/2010 5:33:25 AM EST
Anybody that is willing to strap a rocket to their ass and aim for the stars impresses me, my favorites are the Mercury boys, particularly Alan Shepard



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At the time of Shepard's flight, there had only been 3 Redstone launches.  One exploded on the pad, one unmanned launch, one with a chimp on board.


One exploded?  The 4-inch flight was a failure, but didn't explode.



Your're right, I was thinking of the Vanguard explosion.
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Anybody that is willing to strap a rocket to their ass and aim for the stars impresses me, my favorites are the Mercury boys, particularly Alan Shepard

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v634/bombsqd318/385px-Alan_Shepard_before_MR-3.jpg



And a rocket built by the lowest bidder too!  
Link Posted: 4/16/2010 8:11:19 AM EST
I dunno.....Mercury guys were bad-asses but I have to give a nod to the guys that landed on the moon in tin foil spacecraft and computers less powerful than the calculator I have on my desk.

Shit, they're ALL ballsy in my book.
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Anybody that is willing to strap a rocket to their ass and aim for the stars impresses me, my favorites are the Mercury boys, particularly Alan Shepard



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v634/bombsqd318/385px-Alan_Shepard_before_MR-3.jpg







And a rocket built by the lowest bidder too!  
The Redstone was actually built by the US Army!






 
Link Posted: 4/16/2010 8:17:59 AM EST
Gotta agree, the Mercury guys were pretty bad ass.
Link Posted: 4/16/2010 8:33:54 AM EST
I'd say any of the astronauts that flew in  the first flight of a new "series" of rockets

Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space Shuttle, etc

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John Young's heart rate of 70 beats per minute during the launch of the Apollo 16's Saturn rocket puts him right up there in my book.


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/64/John_Young_(Apollo_10).jpg


During the maiden flight of shuttle Columbia, Robert Crippen's heart raced to 130 while John Young heart's stayed a 65.  After the flight Young said, "You don't understand.  I just can't make it go any faster."


Young has piloted:
-Gemini (he flew the first manned Gemini mission)
-Apollo-  2 missions. He piloted the LEM lander and  lunar rover in Apollo 16 AND the command module in Apollo 10 )
-Space shuttle- 2 missions,including the first

It's hard to top flying on that many platforms,and to have flown two programs maiden manned flights is incredible!

Link Posted: 4/16/2010 9:46:14 AM EST
The first of them.  The plan was to get strapped to the top of what is, essentially, a giant bomb, and get blasted out of the atmosphere where who knows what was going to happen.  And men fought for that job.
Link Posted: 4/16/2010 9:47:49 AM EST
I'd say the Soviet Monkey Era.
Link Posted: 4/16/2010 10:59:21 AM EST
Hands down to the Folks that ride the Shuttle. They get into that thing knowing that 2 of them have been lost. Think about that for a minute.
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Hands down to the Folks that ride the Shuttle. They get into that thing knowing that 2 of them have been lost. Think about that for a minute.


The very first Apollo crew were killed.  The crew of Apollo 13 were almost killed.
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Hands down to the Folks that ride the Shuttle. They get into that thing knowing that 2 of them have been lost. Think about that for a minute.


The very first Apollo crew were killed.  The crew of Apollo 13 were almost killed.


So were the crew of STS-1.  A few of the X-15 flights were dodgy.  Micheal Adams was killed.

The Shuttle guys were the first Americans to ride a solid, and were flying the most complex space vehicle conceived of up to that point.

Honestly, every space flight is a test flight, in my book.
Link Posted: 4/16/2010 5:47:44 PM EST
John Glenn kicked all their asses.  Period.
Link Posted: 4/16/2010 5:47:53 PM EST
id say the first ones... they had primitive equipment, that was basically untested, to do a mission noone was even sure was possible.. ....kinda like discovering america with a rowboat, vs a cruise ship.
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