Within NASA, to be called a “steely-eyed missile man” is among the highest honours one can receive, indicating a unique ability to quickly and cooly solve complex problems under enormous pressure. But Mission Control was unconcerned, and the countdown proceeded as planned, the rocket clearing the pad at exactly 4:22 PM. He thus proceeded to make a call that would soon become legendary: “Flight, try SCE to Aux.”A hush fell over Mission Control. As no abort command had been given, Mission Control suspected that a small ball of solder had broken loose behind a control panel and shorted the switch. Then, as Mission Control held its breath, Shepard and Mitchell fired the LM descent engine.