Untold Stories of the Apollo Moon Landing Missions
August 3 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pmFree
The historic Apollo 11 Moon landing mission is certainly one of the best documented events of all time. Nevertheless, many fascinating back stories and sub-plots have surfaced in recent years about the mission, the crew and their spacecraft. Untold Stories of the Apollo Lunar Landing Missions reviews stories and sub-plots, not only of the Apollo 11 mission but several others in the Apollo program. For example, it is now known that the U.S. flag at the Apollo 11 landing site was blown over by the lander’s engine exhaust. But there is no sign if it from orbital photos. In addition, disaster was averted when astronaut Buzz Aldrin pulled out a ball-point pen and used it to fix a vital engine circuit breaker. Without this breaker, the crew would have been stranded to this day on the Moon’s surface. Learn about these new stories and more! Adults and ages 12+ welcome!
Eric Fischer has been a lifetime student and aficionado of space exploration and attended the Apollo 11 launch when he was 19 years old. Since then, he has published many articles and given presentations on various space program topics such as origins of the International Space Station and observing artificial satellites. Most recently Eric served as a Gallery Host at the recent “Destination Moon” exhibit at the Heinz History Center. He is also an avid amateur astronomer and serves on the staff of the Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park, which is operated by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP). Professionally, he is a Senior Proposal Writer for Hitachi Rail STS, originally known in these parts as Union Switch & Signal.
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