I'm Tim Dodd the Everyday Astronaut, a rocket and spaceflight educator on YouTube, here to answer your questions about the Apollo program or spaceflight in general!
Hey Reddit! As you hopefully know by now, today we're celebrating 50 years since humans first stepped foot on the moon! Of course, this was the Apollo 11 mission with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.
I'm a guy that's basically professionally curious about all things rockets and spaceflight and I've actually made a career out of making videos about rockets and spaceflight on YouTube. My "Everyday Astronaut" YouTube channel has 350k subscribers and almost 30 million views in just over 2 years. Here's my channel trailer that helps describe who I am and what I do.
My videos get as in depth as I can possibly go, but I still start at page one so literally anyone can watch and learn! I really enjoy telling the stories behind all the engineering decisions. There's always a ton of weird random facts and nuggets I find when doing the research for these videos, and that's my favorite part!
Some of my more popular videos are "Is SpaceX's Raptor engine the king of rocket engines?" which is a 50 minute long rundown on the full flow staged combustion cycle rocket engine SpaceX is developing, "How SpaceX and Boeing will get Astronauts to the ISS" and just yesterday I posted a fun video for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 about a weird topic I've always wondered about, "Why were there rungs missing on the Lunar Lander's Ladder?"
I know rocket science and engineering can be intimidating and perhaps there's been a burning question you've always wanted to know the answer to, but didn't know where to even begin... well that's what I'm here for! I might not know everything about these missions, but I do have a pretty strong grasp on most of the details and certainly can help find the correct answers!
PS: Let's please avoid conspiracy theories, unless there's a legitimate question that you have and want an answer to. I'll be happy to help educate, but I don't want to pointlessly debate one of the greatest events of all time.
I'll be taking questions from 12:00 - 3:00 Eastern (16:00 - 19:00 UTC), Saturday July 20th for now, and I'll be back around when I can to answer all your questions! Unfortunately my original time today got cut short by being sent out to DC to celebrate the 50th with YouTube and NASA, so I'll try and pop back in here as much as possible!
(EDIT) I should add a disclosure that I am NOT a trained expert on any of these materials, I do not work for NASA or any commercial spaceflight company, I don't have a degree in aerospace or anything actually, but what I lack in academic studies, I make up for in pure curiosity and obsession with the subject matter.
(EDIT 3:00 P.M. Eastern) - I need to head out for a few Apollo 50th related events in DC for a bit. I'll hopefully have time to answer a few more questions tonight and for sure tomorrow I'll answer some more as well!