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APOLLO WAS A THREE-PART SPACECRAFT: THE COMMAND MODULE (CM), THE
CREW'S QUARTERS AND FLIGHT CONTROL SECTION; THE SERVICE MODULE
(SM) FOR THE PROPULSION AND SPACECRAFT SUPPORT SYSTEMS (WHEN
TOGETHER, THE TWO MODULES ARE CALLED CSM); AND THE LUNAR MODULE
(LM), TO TAKE TWO OF THE CREW TO THE LUNAR SURFACE, SUPPORT THEM ON
THE MOON, AND RETURN THEM TO THE CSM IN LUNAR ORBIT.
"There are things he could not talk about because he
had a secret clearance," Earlene said. "But he would call me
and say, 'Well if I call you, go out and water the lawn.' That
would tell me to go out and watch because there was going
to be a launch. Those were the days where he'd come home
and he couldn't tell me about some of the things he was
working on."
Roose became a pad leader for Grumman during some
of the Apollo launches, meaning he was responsible for
controlling and coordinating everyone who was allowed to
enter the area where the lunar modules were kept.
He recalls one humorous story in which an Apollo
astronaut entered the area without first checking with him.
"I was supposed to control whoever went near the lunar
module," Roose recounted. "I knew all of the NASA guys
and all of the Grumman guys who were working on it - the
techs and quality control people. So when this guy just went
bouncing by me, I didn't know who the hell he was."
Roose called out to him, and upon realizing who he was,
Roose thought he was going to lose his job for yelling at a
NASA astronaut.
"I said, 'Where you going?'" Roose continued. "He
came back and told me who he was and he said he was an
astronaut. I said, 'That's OK, just check in with me.' And I
thought, 'Well, I've had it.' The guy never gave me any
hassle though - most of the astronauts I met were very
pleasant people."
Roose was pad leader for the lunar modules
of multiple Apollo missions, including Apollo
9, Apollo 10, Apollo 11, Apollo 16 and
Apollo 17, and he had the opportunity to
coordinate tests and modifications on the
modules.
Once the Apollo program wrapped
up, Roose moved on to other careers,
including working in orange groves
and as an engineer designing
amusement park rides.

Roose and his wife have dozens of stories to share about
his time in the space program. Though he had a hand in
assisting with monumental spacecraft, for him, it was just
another day at the office.
"It was a day-to-day job, that's what it amounted to,"
Roose said.
Humble words to describe something that helped change
the course of human history.

Roose has a few samples of the
reflective gold insulation used on
the Apollo Lunar Modules.
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