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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for Sept. 9, 2008

This week's quibble is actually an invitation for some collaborative elaboration. The opening credits sequence to Star Trek: Enterprise includes snippets of historical space footage, much of which the Trivia Geek could not explicitly identify. The savvy reader who can put a name to any of these segments will get a much-deserved call out in a future edition of Geek Trivia.

This week's quibble breaks the rules because it's an invitation for some collaborative elaboration.

As mentioned in this week's Geek Trivia, the opening credits sequence to Star Trek: Enterprise includes snippets of historical space footage, much of which the Trivia Geek could not explicitly identify. The savvy reader who can put a name to any of the following segments — with citation of some sort — will get a much-deserved call out in a future edition of Geek Trivia:

  • Who is in the Apollo 14 crew picture, and is this from a dress exercise or the actual mission pre-launch procedure?
  • Which shuttle and which mission is depicted in the tower launch footage?
  • Who are the trio of astronauts shown during the shuttle launch sequence?
  • What exactly is Robert Goddard calculating on the blackboard, and where and when was the footage taken?
  • Which Apollo mission is shown in the Lunar Module descent footage?
  • Who is the astronaut shone in EVA, and from what shuttle mission is the footage taken?

Oh, and as always, if you uncover a questionable fact or debatable aspect of this week's Geek Trivia, just post it in the discussion area of the article. Thanks for the quibbles and counter-quibbles, and keep 'em coming!

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