In the 50th anniversary year of the first Moon landing, the National Space Centre, in collaboration with Nick Howes, is reuniting some of the team behind this historic achievement. Twelve humans stood on the lunar surface, but it took many thousands of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, makers, creators and thinkers to get them there.
In a celebration of these achievements, there will be opportunities to meet and discover the amazing stories of:
- Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
- Gerry Griffin
- Sy Liebergot
- Bill Moon
Culminating in a screening of “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo” in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium, this really will be one giant leap for mankind.
Q&A in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium
Take a seat in the UKs largest planetarium for a hosted Q&A with our special Apollo guests.
Autograph, Photograph and Book Signing
An opportunity to have a photograph with our guests or purchase an autograph or signed book.
£15 per autograph, £30 per photograph – books vary (purchase on the day only)
Apollo 10 Anniversary Dinner
Three course dinner in the heart of our galleries, followed by a Q&A session, prior to a screening of Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE AND BOOK TICKETS.
£50 per person (BOOKING ESSENTIAL)
The Legacy of Apollo
The Apollo program was designed to land humans on the Moon and bring them safely back to Earth, but what did the Apollo missions give to humankind, how did they come about and what have we learnt in 50 years since humankind first left the bounds of low Earth orbit?
Nick Howes, Director of Aerolite Meteorites and freelance science author, takes us on an entertaining journey through these and other thought-provoking questions.
The Hunt for Snoopy
In 1969, the Apollo 10 crew ejected the lunar module “Snoopy” from the CSM into a heliocentric orbit. Nick Howes, along with legendary flight controllers and astronauts from the Apollo program, and “astrogator” Mike Loucks have spent a number of years, in a calculated hunt for the errant lunar module. This talk explains the background, the project plan and the very latest and exciting results of their search.
19 May: 11:00 – 12:00
Mission Control Brunch
A family friendly session with our special guests. Take a seat for an Apollo brunch, with an added Q&A session.
£30 per Adult / £20 per child (does not include entry to the Centre)
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.
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.
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.
Born the son of Chinese immigrants who taught themselves to read and speak English, Bill Moon grew up in rural Mississippi. He joined NASA in 1964 as an EECOM, becoming in the process the first minority to work in Mission Control.
After serving as an understudy during the flight of Apollo 14, Moon worked the EECOM console for Apollos 15-17. He remained with the Mission Control team early in the Space Shuttle era, and was on the launch team for the historic flight of STS-1.
All elements of this event are exempt from the Annual Pass offer. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No concessions are available. No autographs of photographs are offered without pre-purchased vouchers (will be available in advance or on the day). Autograph, photograph, book signing or Q&A do not include entry to the Centre. Tickets are non-refundable. In case of cancellation of the event the National Space Centre will not be liable for any out of pocket expenses, travel or accommodation. Event is subject to change.