Were the Designers of the Lunar Lem Crazy?

I was 11 years old when I saw the LEM land on the moon. To an 11 year old boy, it was magical to see this weird looking craft actually land on another world with men at the controls.

These guy’s must have been out of their minds. When Grumman built the Lunar Excursion Module, they must have thought the scientists, engineers, and draftsmen at National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) were smoking whacky tobacco….

Charles Conrad ~ NASA

As I became older and could actually mechanically reason out the design in my mind, I began to think someone had used a few boxes of Reynolds Wrap to build this thing. It looked so cotton picking fragile. You’d think that a spacecraft visiting another planet would at least be able to resist a bump or two from whatever may have bounced against it in space. In some places, the LEM’s walls were only 3/250″ (0.012). That’s about the thickness of a sheet of paper. And it looks like a spider that lost a few legs.

Anyway, I thought this fragile little craft might be a good subject to draw in my spare time. When finished, I’ll post those drawings here on this page…