Volume 04, Issue 3
|Letters to the Editor|
the big blue marble
The Lunar Orbiter Program was one of three unmanned activities to provide data for Apollo; in particular it photomapped all the landing sites at a resolution useful for astronaut training. As it turned out the Apollo photos were quickly and easily obtained, freeing the camera to take many other photos of scientific interest. The Earth photo simply turned out to be the most spectacular of all.
Yes, everyone loves the big blue marble, but it was foreshadowed by the Lunar Orbiter photographs that showed the world how we look from outer space.
—Dale Shellhorn, Tucson, Ariz.
Editor's note: Starting in August 1966, Boeing built
five Lunar Orbiter spacecraft, which photomapped 99 percent of the Moon's
surface, more than 14 million square miles, in the search for safe landing
sites for Apollo manned landings.
The design and launch of the 787 Dreamliner presents Boeing with the opportunity to correct this. If airline seats were equipped with the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system required of all automobiles sold in the United States, it would be much easier to install and remove the seats, so families could board and deplane more quickly to the benefit of themselves and the other passengers. The children would be safer because the infant seats would be securely fastened at a proper angle. I can vouch for many parents that Boeing would have loyal fans if they could make such a simple change!
“If 787 seats were equipped with the LATCH [child seat] system required of all automobiles sold in the United States, families could board and deplane more quickly to the benefit of themselves and the other passengers.”
—Tom Rose, St. Louis
Many non-Boeing folks do not understand us.
I was filling a prescription recently and the pharmacist noticed I worked for Boeing. She asked how the company was doing. I mentioned that we were doing very well, and that we had taken orders away from Airbus.
At that point, she interrupted. "Airbus is another company? I thought it was a brand name of Boeing. Like a Ford Mustang, a Boeing Airbus?" I had a great laugh over it.
However, on another aspect of how I interpreted her comments: "If it ain't Boeing, I ain't going" seems to be used by Boeing aficionados only. The public is more interested in getting there than they are in how. They do not know how ours are better than theirs are. If there was advertising towards the general public on the benefits of Boeing airplanes versus its competitors, it might sway the airlines towards us.
—Ned Sugzdinis, Philadelphia
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