And a Little More on the Lighter Side

(Attempted and Inadvertent Apollo Humor)

Naked Spacesuits and Other Fashion Statements

My word, that spacesuit is naked! The Apollo A7L Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), better known as the spacesuit worn on the Moon, was a very complex garment. The B version, used on Apollos 15-17, allowed the astronauts to sit down comfortably in the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). This is what the spacesuit looked like underneath the familiar white integrated thermal & micrometeorite protective cover! And holy cow, look at the 70's fashions on these engineers: Elvis, Daddy-Knows-Best, and Studio 54!!!


We Landed on the Moon When?!

Those of us who witnessed the Moonlandings firsthand often forget that most of the current population was not yet born. ("Zits" copyright 2001 King Features Syndicate)

Mmmmm... Ham!

Here's Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin hamming it up for the TV camera on the way to the Moon... with real deviled ham spread! Never underestimate the power of floating food when filling airtime in a space-based TV broadcast. I think practically every Apollo crew used mealtime to demonstrate the freefall/microgravity environment.




Mmmmm... Florida Orange Juice!

Apollo 10 Commander Tom Stafford seems to be enjoying his beverage - except for the dozen small blobs which have escaped into the cabin on the way to his mouth. I really don't know if this is "Tang" brand orange drink... but that's a good guess.




The Really Cheap Lunar Rover?

The Dodge Motor Company tried unsuccessfully to adapt an A-100 van as a follow-on Lunar Roving Vehicle in 1970. Here are Apollo 15 astronauts CDR David Scott and LMP Jim Irwin taking a break between test drives. OK - they're really just resting between EVA training sessions in a NASA truck.




I'm Just a Kid From Ohio...

The first and last men on the Moon were chatting during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) annual Oskosh Fly-In airshow in 1994. Gene Cernan sure looks thrilled with whatever Neil Armstrong is really going-on about.




The 1975 U.S.-Soviet Poker Match

The first joint space mission, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), included a number of friendly cultural exchanges. Here are (R to L) CDR Tom Stafford, Docking Module Pilot (DMP) Deke Slayton putting the moves on Russian CDR Alexei Leonov. I bet you didn't know the Apollo command module center couch converted into a game table... Oh alright, they're really just having lunch.