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This excerpt is from Moon Trip: A Personal Account of the Apollo Program and its Science by Bert King. King was a geologist who helped train astronauts for the scientific work they would be doing on the Moon.

About mid-year we arranged a trip to the Philmont Ranch in New Mexico, another scenic locality with good local logistical support. Jeeps were reserved from a military motor pool, there were comfortable cabins where we could stay, and breakfast and dinner were served in the cafeteria. The ranch was operated as a retreat and summer camp for Boy Scouts. The Philmont personnel were accustomed to catering to large groups, so our party would not strain their facilities. They were genuinely anxious to accommodate us in any way they could....

The geology at Philmont was pretty simple with excellent exposures of igneous and sedimentary rock types. The astronauts oriented themselves on geologic maps, measured and described stratigraphic dons, took strike-and-dip measurements, and recorded lots of field notes under close supervision, I spent most of my time working with Ed White, Jim Lovell, Roger Chaffee, and Al Bean, who were all good students....

Field trips followed to the Bend, Oregon, area and to Valle Grande, near Los Alamos, New Mexico, to study different types of volcanic rocks. Both were excellent study areas, but working in the Valle Grande region was especially strenuous physically.



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This excerpt is from Moon Trip: A Personal Account of the Apollo Program and its Science by Bert King. King was a geologist who helped train astronauts for the scientific work they would be doing on the Moon.

About mid-year we arranged a trip to the Philmont Ranch in New Mexico, another scenic locality with good local logistical support. Jeeps were reserved from a military motor pool, there were comfortable cabins where we could stay, and breakfast and dinner were served in the cafeteria. The ranch was operated as a retreat and summer camp for Boy Scouts. The Philmont personnel were accustomed to catering to large groups, so our party would not strain their facilities. They were genuinely anxious to accommodate us in any way they could....

The geology at Philmont was pretty simple with excellent exposures of igneous and sedimentary rock types. The astronauts oriented themselves on geologic maps, measured and described stratigraphic dons, took strike-and-dip measurements, and recorded lots of field notes under close supervision, I spent most of my time working with Ed White, Jim Lovell, Roger Chaffee, and Al Bean, who were all good students....

Field trips followed to the Bend, Oregon, area and to Valle Grande, near Los Alamos, New Mexico, to study different types of volcanic rocks. Both were excellent study areas, but working in the Valle Grande region was especially strenuous physically.




See previously featured quotes on the following pages:
Voices Archives for the current year
2019 Voices Archives
2018 Voices Archives
[Voices Archives from 2017 were lost in a computer crash]
2016 Voices Archives
2015 Voices Archives
2014 Voices Archives
2013 Voices Archives
2012 Voices Archives
2011 Voices Archives


Photo Credits
Robert Goddard towing one of his rockets to the launch site near Roswell about 1931, courtesy of NASA.

WhiteKnightTwo carrying SpaceShipTwo at Spaceport America runway dedication flyover, photo by Loretta Hall.


Unless otherwise credited, all material on this site is © Loretta Hall 2010-2019.

Voices from New Mexico's Space History
Different quotations from New Mexico space pioneers appear on this page monthly. This is the September 2020 installment.