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Luna, your post brought back memories - I also had previously heard about the 'slingshot' effect somewhere before (I'd read 2001 too - maybe
that was where!) and knew that they would use the Moon's gravity. Since I'd already been clipping Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 articles by this time, I
went through the paper every day to clip the articles for myself - never dreaming they'd be copied for the world to read all these years later! And I
remember the newsbroadcasts - and feeling like the entire world was suddenly praying for the astronauts to come back safely (that politics and the space race
and other loyalties were cast aside because they were just fellow humans, heroes, trapped out there) I also remember feeling very certain they were really
going to make it back safely - I had a lot of faith in NASA.
I'll get around to posting the LIFE magazine articles soon - one of them is particularly interesting because the astronauts tell their side of the
adventure in their own words! I'm so grateful to Mike from my office for letting me borrow those old LIFE magazines that his mother had saved all these
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