D’oh! Ten Goofs in Space
There are some situations even astronauts can't train for.
- By Paul Hoversten
- Air & Space magazine, November 2011
Working on the moon in April 1972, Apollo 16 commander John Young (shown here exploring Plum Crater) caught his boot on a cable for a lunar soil experiment, breaking the line off from its electronics package and ruining the project. “That kind of thing is almost unavoidable,” Young said in a post-mission debrief. “If the cables are way up off the ground, you never knew whether you were stepping on them or not. When you are standing in one-sixth gravity with a backpack (and a remote control unit on the chest) on, you’re looking about three to four inches in front of your toes…. I didn’t know I’d done it. And I certainly didn’t mean to.”