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As a boy growing up in minnesota I was in awe of the moon....used a telescope in a grave yard to see the moon as closely as possible ...educated at U of Minnesota Electrical Engineer being one of the first classes to be taught semiconductor theory..Motorola government elec Scottsale was hiring young EE’s for space programs.. I was a young engineer asked to join the Apollo 11 S Band XCVR Team..The LM CCVR output was an S Band Signal sent up to the CSM and also direct to earth...The Frequency Modulation Module I was responsible for ....received and processed Lunar Excursion info from Neal A and team ...directly into the FM module .. info like the TV , audio and biomedical.then was multiplied to s band which signal was sent to the CSM and directly to earth. Apollo 11 design effort at Motorola was very challenging...using relatively new semiconductor ICs (digitally divide output the FM vco frequency in a PLL phased lock loop system) , optimizing the PLL using computer analysis..environmental testing to simulate space and moon conditions...minimizing all components and dc power... We worked as a team...senior engg direction was invaluable... Apollo 11 launched my great dreams to be part of a Moon Mission...to work in the R&D Microwave Defense first as a system and circuit designer then being a Microwave tech rep .... I retired just two years ago...in Scottsdale Az!
My father was one of the inspectors of the rocket engines and the engines for the lunar lander. Dad didn't talk much about work but I know he was truly proud to be a part of the mission. I was told that he found a flaw in the lunar lander that could have prevented the astronauts from being able to return to the capsule. He's been dead for 20+ years but I was fortunate to be the kid that got the certificate of appreciation that was presented to 500 of the workers that made the landing possible. - Submitted by Tim Neuman
My father Dallas E. Evans was a NASA scientist and co-investigator for the cold-cathode gauge experiment that flew about several of the Apollo flights in a package known as ALSEP. He considered his time at NASA's Johnson Space Center his greatest life achievement and the night the Apollo 11 moonwalk was televised was only one of a handful of times I ever saw my father cry. He died in 2003 and left behind a great collection of personal memorabilia from those wonderful days. - Submitted by Marjorie Evans Nichols
Bill DeCarlis was a young engineer working on the Saturn V rocket in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) during the Apollo missions. In this one-on-one audio interview with When We Were Apollo Producer John Filson, Bill describes what life was like on the Cape, buzzing with excitement and a flurry of activity all day and night. He recalls a chance encounter with an early space celebrity, and a tense moment when his team was called out to the launchpad to fix a problem with one of the rockets just hours before launch. - Submitted by John Filson