By James R Hansen, Nasa History Division
First released in 1995 as quantity four within the NASA "Monograph in Aerospace historical past" sequence. This examine includes photos and illustrations.
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Extra resources for Enchanted Rendezvous: John C. Houbolt and the Genesis of the Lunar-Orbit Rendezvous Concept. Monograph in Aerospace History, Vol. 4
The phrase "like an extremely far-out thing to do" is from George Low, quoted in Murray and Cox, Apollo: The Race to the Moon, p. 117. 57. George M. Low, "A Plan for Manned Lunar Landing," 24 January 1961, A220-Lb, LCF; George M. Low, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, to Frederick J. Lees, NASA Inventions and Contributions Board, 21 October 1982. 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.
Kemmett, Director of the Staff, Inventions and Contributions Board, NASA headquarters, 28 August 1973. The main purposes of Gilruth's letter, which was solicited by a NASA awards board, were to evaluate Dr. John C. Houbolt's role in NASA's July 1962 decision in favor of the lunar orbit rendezvous (LOR) concept for Project Apollo and to determine whether Houbolt's contribution was worthy of the maximum prize that NASA had been authorized to give ($100,000) for an outstanding national contribution.
But, especially after reading Houbolt's letter to Seamans and knowing that Seamans was sympathetic to it, Shea was not against the other options. "105 And the data led him toward LOR. " He then turned to Gilruth, Faget, and other 35 members of the STG and asked them politely whether they, too, had been thinking along the lines of LOR. Having heard about the general skepticism toward Houbolt's ideas, Shea expected a negative reaction, but he did not get it. "106 Shea returned to Washington convinced that LOR was a viable option for Apollo and that the next step for NASA was to award a contract for an even more detailed study of its potential.