A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 26, 2005
Brooklyn Clothesline
"Brooklyn clothesline" was perhaps coined by astronaut Neil Armstrong in 1969. There's a video of the thing in one of the web citations below.

"To the moon, Alice!" as Ralph Kramden of The Honeymooners would say.

Aldrin returned to the LM; and Armstrong hoisted the sample boxes, camera, and solar wind experiment using the Lunar Equipment Conveyor (LEC), which essentially was an endless looped lanyard and pulley, to transfer the samples up to the Aldrin on the LM's porch. Armstrong recorded his highest heart rate of 160 while using the LEC, which he had dubbed the 'Brooklyn Clothesline'. Aldrin's highest rate during the EVA had reached 125. With both astronauts inside the LM they depressurised the cabin and removed the PLSS packs, outer boots, and gloves. Connected back up to the LM's systems by umbilical they later depressurised the cabin again and jettisoned the backpacks and now redundant overgarments to compensate for the weight of rock samples.

[The Lunar Equipment Conveyor (LEC) - which Neil Armstrong characterized as a "Brooklyn clothesline" in post-Apollo 11 comments - is a long nylon strap. Jim will thread one end of the LEC over a small yellow bar in the cabin overhead before Dave goes down to the surface to use the LEC to pull down the Equipment Transfer Bag (ETB) and other gear.]

[The Lunar Equipment Conveyor (LEC) is a clothesline-like device with which Pete and Al will transfer equipment and samples to and from the surface. The LEC is threaded over yellow bar in the overhead inside the cabin and either astronaut - Pete on the surface or Al in the cabin - can move equipment up and down by pulling on it like a "Brooklyn clothesline".]

Even though the boom was very effective, the astronauts also accomplished this task using a close loop pull-around cable system called a "Brooklyn clothesline".

20 June 1972, Vidette-Messenger (Valparaiso, Ind.), pg. 25, col. 7:
You may hear the astronauts talking to Mission Control at Houston about a "Brooklyn clothesline." They will be discussing a backup system of ropes and pulleys used to transport film to and from Skylab's huge telescope.

25 May 1973, New York Times, pg. 36:
Through the tip of east mast, when assembled, is what they call "the Brooklyn clothesline" - an endless line to which the "spinnaker" canopy can be clipped, as when rigging a sail, and hauled out to form a sun canopy over the critical region of the workshop.
Posted by Barry Popik
Names/Phrases • Tuesday, April 26, 2005 • Permalink

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