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A copy of this letter is in the author's personal LOR file. O. Pearson, "Notes on Key Problems of Manned Lunar Missions," 13 January 1961, A200-1B, LCF. 58. J. Queijo to Associate Director, "Techniques and Problems Associated with Manned Lunar Orbits and Landings," 21 February 1961, A200-1B, LCF. 59. Bernard Maggin to John Houbolt, 1 March 1961, A200-1B, LCF. 60. Brown interview, 19 July 1989. The politics also involved at least one major industrial firm, North American Aviation in Los Angeles, which already had a big contract for a command-and-service module based on the direct-ascent mode.
93. 63. NASA Langley, "Manned Lunar Landing Via Rendezvous," 19 April 1961, copy in A200-1B, LCF. 64. Hacker and Grimwood, On the Shoulders of Titans, p. 61. 65. Houbolt interview, 24 August 1989, p. 30. 66. , p. 28. 67. Hacker and Grimwood, On the Shoulders of Titans, p. 61. 68. Ibid. 69. See McDougall, Heavens and the Earth, p. 8, 318, 328; Murray and Cox, Apollo: The Race to the Moon, p. 79-80. 70. For an analysis of Lyndon Johnson's enthusiasm for the lunar mission, see McDougall, Heavens and the Earth, p.
Remember in 1961 we hadn't even orbited Glenn yet. We certainly had done no rendezvous yet. And to put this poor bastard out there, separate him in a module, let him go down to the surface and then fire him back up and expect him to rendezvous. He didn't get a second chance; it had to be dead right the first time. I mean that just seemed like a bit much. Moreover, Loftin and the others believed—incorrectly—that there was no real way of performing a rescue mission using LOR. In Earth's orbit, if things did not go right, then NASA might still be able to save its astronauts.