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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for Sept. 30, 2008

This week's quibble comes from the Sept. 23, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "One for the money, two for the tow." TechRepublic member rsprinkle noticed that The Trivia Geek mischaracterized the final disposition of three Apollo Lunar Modules.

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This week's quibble comes from the Sept. 23, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "One for the money, two for the tow." TechRepublic member rsprinkle noticed that I mischaracterized the final disposition of three Apollo Lunar Modules, which I suggested were towed to "the moon and back" by Apollo Command Service Modules:

"Apollo 10's ascent stage is in heliocentric orbit so presumably was not jettisoned while in earth or lunar orbit. Therefore, it was not 'towed' all the way back to earth. Apollo 11 and 12 LEM ascent stages were jettisoned while still in lunar orbit. So while a claim could be made that the CSM 'towed' the LEM's to the moon, they were not 'towed' back."

Right you are, dear reader. I let a turn of phrase obscure the historical fact. Thanks for setting me straight, and keep those quibbles coming!

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