Apollo 10 Anniversary Dinner
On the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 10, the National Space Centre is joined by some very special guests to celebrate the unsung heroes of the Apollo space programme.
Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried, Gerry Griffin, Sy Liebergot and some secret Skype guests will host an Apollo themed dinner, based on the menu enjoyed by the Apollo 10 crew on route to the Moon.
This will be followed by a Q&A session, prior to a screening of Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium.
18:30 Venue open – Cash Bar / photo shoot with pre-purchase vouchers
19:00 Three course Apollo themed dinner in the heart of the galleries
20:30 Autographs session (with pre-purchased vouchers)
21:00 Q&A in the planetarium
21:30 Screening of Mission Control: the Unsung Heroes of Apollo
23:15 Screening ends
£50 per head
£30 per photo
£15 per autograph
The evening’s menu is inspired by Apollo 10’s meal on Day 1 which included Corn Chowder, Chicken Sandwiches and Coconut Cubes.
Sweet Corn Velouté with Crab Fritters & Chive Oil
Sweetcorn Velouté with Charred Corn Fritters and Chive Oils (V)
Breast of Chicken stuffed with Asparagus and Mozzarella, served on a Brioche Crouton with a Roast Tomato and Basil Sauce
Asparagus, Roast Pepper and Mozzarella Tartlet with a Toasted Brioche Crumb served with Roast Tomato and Basil Sauce
Warm Chocolate Brownie served with Coconut Ice Cream and Fresh Raspberries
Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
“Dutch” von Ehrenfried’s career with NASA encompassed many different fields. From 1961-1968 he served in both the Mercury and Houston Mission Control Centers as a Flight Controller in the Flight Control Operations and Flight Dynamics Branches, and was an Apollo Pressure Suit Test Subject (1967-1970) between missions. During this time he also served in the Apollo Spacecraft Program Office as the Mission Staff Engineer on Apollo 7 and back up on Apollo 8.
Gerry joined NASA in 1964 as a Gemini flight controller, specializing in guidance and navigation systems. In 1968 he became an Apollo flight director and served in that role for all of the Apollo manned missions. He was lead flight director for three lunar landing missions: Apollo’s 12, 15 and 17. After Apollo Gerry served as the deputy director of the Dryden (now Armstrong) Flight Research Center and the Kennedy Space Center before returning to Johnson Space Center as director. During the flight of Apollo 13 Gerry was scheduled to lead the lunar landing team in Mission Control. When the landing was canceled as a result of the oxygen tank explosion, he led one of the teams of flight controllers who were responsible for the safe return of the astronauts.
His space career began at North American at the very inception of the Apollo lunar program when he joined a newly formed Flight Operations Group. In 1964, he transferred to Houston, Texas as a member of the Flight Operations Group in support of NASA Mission Operations at the Manned Spacecraft Center, which had just opened. Sy switched over to NASA after about a year to qualify for a “front room” flight controller position in the mission control center in order to “get in on the action.” He became a veteran flight controller of many flights serving as Operations and Procedures Officer on AS-202, as Assistant Flight Director On AS-501 (the first Saturn V launch), and as EECOM (Electrical, Environmental, Consumables) Flight Controller on Apollo missions 8 – 15.
Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo
They ranged from students straight out of college, to soldiers toughened by military service. Yet, from such ordinary beginnings, an extraordinary team was born. They set out on what JFK called “the most hazardous, dangerous, and greatest adventure upon which mankind has ever embarked.”
Through the team’s testimony and the supporting voices of Apollo astronauts and modern NASA flight directors, “MISSION CONTROL” explores their journey from the faltering start of the program to the Mercury and Gemini missions, and then the tragedy of the Apollo 1 fire and the glories of the Moon landings.
No concession ticket prices available.
Carer tickets are available in advance (no food/drink included).
Dress code – lounge suit / black tie optional.
No selfies or autographs with guests on the night.