The Apollo 11 module is in the hands of a Smithsonian crew today who are working to give the public a real look inside the space capsule from the first moon landing in 1969. A discovery inside the module offers an insight to what the astronauts were thinking and in some cases what they had to endure while in space.
Yahoo News reports on February 11, the Smithsonian Institute is creating a 3-D model of the Apollo 11 that has sat behind Plexiglas on display at the Smithsonian. This new model will let the public get a closeup look at the Apollo 12, something they could not have done before because it was encased in Plexiglas.
Tech Times reports that the technical name of the command module for Apollo 11 is Spacecraft 107. This is the mission that allowed astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to walk on the moon. The pilot of the craft was Michael Collins.
Just when scientists and historians thought they knew all there is to know about this mission, something new is uncovered. Newly discovered writing inside the capsule “has revealed a major glimpse into the lives of astronauts forgotten by NASA for decades,” reports Tech Times.
The crew at the Smithsonian were treated to quite the surprise once probing inside the capsule getting ready for this 3-D scanning project. Much to their surprise they found this writing on the walls long left behind by the astronauts that called this tiny space module home for a little more than a week back in 1969.
One of the astronauts kept track by creating a calendar from July 16th to the 24th drawn on the capsule wall. Every day was crossed off except for the 24th day, which was the day they landed back on Earth.
They are not sure which one of the astronauts drew this small calendar on the wall below a locker, but it’s there! Hand written warning signs of “smelly waste”on one locker looked as if it was put there for the astronauts to remind each other there is something in there you don’t want to see or smell!
Numbers that look like calculations are also seen on the wall of the modular near the navigation system. All these new found writings have offered up so many questions and now some detective work will be done by the Smithsonian crew to get those answers. They are working with historians to pin down the different points during the mission that the writings were placed on the wall and they want to know what was going on at the time.
From a note that indicates there are “launch day urine bags” inside one locker to numbers and notations near the navigation panel, the staff is going to find out more about how these writings came to be. They are also hoping to discover the reasons behind all the writings on the wall.
One expert suggests that it was just during the launch that the astronauts would need to use urine bags because there is a “urine dump” for excess fluids that was used once the astronauts were in space. That “launch day urine bag” note could indicate that they needed to use them and that is where they were stored until landing. It also could mean that is where they put them in case they were needed.
The details of who did this writing and why, are missing from the history of the module and the Smithsonian folks are working with historians trying to fill in the missing pieces. This will make the history of Apollo 11 much more interesting and complete!