D’oh! Ten Goofs in Space
There are some situations even astronauts can't train for.
- By Paul Hoversten
- Air & Space magazine, November 2011
While lunar module pilot Alan Bean (above) was setting up the first Apollo color TV camera on the moon during Apollo 12 in November 1969, he inadvertently pointed it at the sun, burning it out. In a post-flight briefing, commander Pete Conrad complained that he and Bean never even saw the camera until they operated it on the moon; in simulations on Earth, they had trained with a block of wood as a substitute. By the time Apollo 14 landed, in February 1971, the camera had been fitted with a lens cap to prevent similar solar burnouts.