The 10-year-old who helped Apollo 11

Published on July 22nd, 2009 | by Admin


40 years ago a 10 year old played a vital role in helping Apollo 11 splash down safely after its historic mission.

To properly replace the bearing would have required dismantling the entire antenna, and there was simply no time. So Charles Force thought of a creative solution: If he could get more grease around the failed bearing, it would probably be fine. The only problem was, nobody at the station had an arm small enough to actually reach in through the two-and-a-half inch opening and pack grease around the bearing.

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