Saturday, July 23, 2005

Lunar Module Engineer Now Home Inspector

Here's an interesting story, quite close to home (both my mother and brother live in Stroudsburg). A further interesting connection to me is that I lived in Montclair, NJ for about 20 years...which is where Buzz Aldrin was born and raised...the 'second' man on the Moon (there's a little plaque in front of his house there).

"STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) - As a longtime engineer for Grumman Corp., Joel Schachter helped design parts for the space vehicle that landed man on the moon. Today, the 65-year-old aerospace expert earns a more down-to-earth living, climbing onto roofs and slithering into crawl spaces as surely the most overqualified home inspector in the Poconos."

..."Schachter's team designed several components of the Lunar Excursion Module, or LEM, including the footpads, a mechanism that opened its spindly legs, and the ladder astronaut Neil Armstrong descended before taking his "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.'"

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