In theory yeah, but we only used it once, under Nixon in RL, and a few temp times under surgery.I have a question regarding the Reagan/Bush succession: if I understood correctly, Reagan had to step down according to section 4 of the 25th Amendment, that is, the vice-president and the majority of the cabinet declared the President unable to fufill his powers and duties, and were supported by Congress. But that only makes Bush acting president.
It seems to me that in order for Bush to be sworn-in as the 40th President, Reagan must resign or be impeached.
Ah, I was going off the ammendment altogether.Sorry, Knightmare, but Section 4 of the 25th has never been invoked, under Nixon or any other President. When a President temporarily transfers power to the VP when he's about to go under anesthesia, that's Section 3.
In a close reading of the amendment, I'd say you were correct. I'm not sure if there's been any particular legal delineation between "Acting President" and "President." At any rate, I would think that, if Congress declared him unable to discharge the duties of the office, Reagan would have been willing to quietly submit a formal resignation just to remove all issues regarding the situation.But that only makes Bush acting president.
Indeed it would.Which could make things particularly weird if the President were permanently incapacitated but not dead.
One thing I can't get my mind off is that Apollo 17 ITTL landed at Tycho crater, which is pretty far south, way further south than the usual Apollo landing sites. Would it have been accessible if the CSM had to change inclinations, dock to Olympus, then get back to an inclination to rendezvous with the returning surface astronauts?
Olympus had no maneuvering system IITL, maybe some RCS thrusters for attitude control but nothing for major plane changes.Perhaps Olympus could do the maneuvering?
Tycho I think would require an Apollo 21-style mission where they shorten the surface stay to only 6 days and give the CMP enough supplies to last out that time without needing to dock with Olympus, which is in a 28 degree orbit.
Interesting that Tycho was too rocky for a lunar rover. Maybe Orion could retcon some of the Apollo 17 events? If they're still updating this timeline that isSeems like the most obvious fix.
It looks like my link dropped out on Apollo 17's planning: https://www.wired.com/2012/03/apollo-mission-to-tycho-1969/
Interesting that Tycho was too rocky for a lunar rover.