That whole getting to the moon thing? Actually Yugoslavian.
At least that's the thesis of a "docudrama" trailer that's been making the rounds, especially among Internet users in the Balkans. Yugoslavia sold an operational spaceflight program to the United States in 1961, just before President John F. Kennedy announced American plans to go to the moon, the video says. It's called "Houston, We Have a Problem!" and it's racked up more than 960,000 views on YouTube:
Radio Free Europe talked to a couple experts who were doubtful.
"There's a lot of coincidence in time, but just because two things sort of happened one after the other does not necessarily mean that there's causation involved. There's a very big stretch involved here," Bill Barry, NASA's chief historian, said.
While talking with Radio Free Europe, the video's director and principal writer seemed to both stand behind the work and distance themselves from it. There's "some dramatization and fiction," the writer, Bostjan Virc, said. And from director Ziga Virc: "80 or 90 percent of things" in the trailer are "actually more or less confirmed facts."
The film is slated to come out in 2013. More or less.
Judging by that guy's tie on the left I think they only would have made it half-way.
Hahahahhahaahah that was hilarious
The mouse that roared.
I personally have worked with lots of older engineers that worked on the Saturn launcher, Apollo CM and LEM. I don't recall any of them saying anything about using Yugoslavian space technology. However, I do recall that one of the engineers was Italian-born.
The thing that really shocks me here is that Yugoslavia even had a space program at that time, much less one worth buying.
If they were that advanced, a film solely about the Yugoslavian space program would have been just as interesting to me.
Is there a Yugo on the moon?
Sounds more like we bought it to keep it from the Soviets.
It could certainly have played a big role but the biggest role were all those NAZI scientists captured and brought to the US under the famous 'operation paperclip'.
As multiple Apollo directors have said, without Werner von Baun (chief architect of saturn V) and without that whole team of germans working on Saturn V the US would not have landed on the moon. Or it would have taken many years longer to achieve. There experience with all those years of building the ever larger, faster and more precize V1 and V2 rockets for Adolf Hitler was critical knowledge for the entire US space program of Mercuri, Gemini and Apollo which the scientists from operation paperclip were critical partners in. Werner von Braun was opointed chief architect of Saturn V for obvious reason.
@GreenMatrix....you are right....and I have often wondered "WHY" they do not teach this type of thing in history classes??
20th century technology was largely invented by a guy from Yugoslavia.
Think about everything from the system that brings electricity to your home to your wireless devices and much more. He still does not get much respect in the U.S. but he does at home.
In 1898 Tesla demonstrated a remote control boat on the Hudson River. Most americans including the military thought it was a parlour trick with no practical application. No Sale.
About 45 years later German aircraft were dropping radio guided bombs on Allied Navy assets.
And 110 years later the U.S. military has remote control drones.
That's not true at all GordBolton. Tesla is highly respected and well known in the US. He just was a direct competitor to Edison and his far greater political power at the time. That said Yugo tech had absolutely nothing to do with the space program. It's all just part of the same crap that has clouded and confused history for thousands of years. People making up stuff to make themselves feel better after the fact.
Everyone knows it was Werner Von Braun that got us the to the moon, but before him and even the German rockets of WW2 there was Robert Goddard. Goddard pioneered liquid fueled rocketry that powered not only the space program, but the German rockets.
Yes the U.S. had Werner Von Braun. The Soviets did not have Werner Von Braun but were able to launch sputnik.
And prior to the launch of sputnik the Soviets had done the math on a rocket launch and trajectory to the moon.
If the math is not right you have nothing. Once the math is right you have the problem of resources, logistics, quality control and execution.
And I would be remiss if I did not point out that Edison was perhaps the least of Tesla's problems in the U.S. Can you picture someone standing up today and offering free wifi, free cell phone and possibly free electricity for everyone who can raise an antenna. It was more specifically J.P. Morgan who pointed out the problem of installing a meter on broadcast wireless.
Yugoslavia? Why Yugoslavia?
Where do these kinds of downright retarded conspiracy-theories spring from? There was no valid reason to buy anything from anywhere, as von Braun and his team was already in the U.S.
The only designer in the world to rival von Braun was Korolev, and he was happy to stay in the USSR.
all you can do is to hate Yugoslavia beacuse they always f*ck you up over and over
I can't seem to find the quote but I remember in one of the space documentaries the line "our Nazis are better than theirs...", regarding the importance of the German scientists to both the US and Soviet space programs.
...not so sure about Yugoslavia though...
But on the allegation that Yugoslavia is to credit for the US moon program, I think the quote that best catches the relevant type of response comes from "The Social Network":
"You know you really don't need a damn forensics team to get to the bottom of this. If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook."
Well sure - openly have former Nazi's running your program but go to great lengths to cover up buying tech from Yugoslavia.
Taking the secrets of the Yugo to the grave!
I assume by now someone has seen Peter Jackson's similarly veined "Forgotten Silver" 'mocumentary'? It's about an unknown clever Kiwi's scooping the Wright Brothers, and making the first motion pictures from chicken egg emulsion among other ground breaking things ?
Very well crafted and plausible.
At first blush even credible ? Fun parody... have a look on www.Google.com .