TITUSVILLE — The American Space Museum (ASM) will celebrate the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on Saturday July 17 with four iconic leaders of the Apollo program.
The event will feature space workers who made history shaping America's space program the past six decades. They are Bob Sieck, Lee Solid, John Tribe and Charlie Mars, the "Mt. Rushmore of Apollo".
These men were key figures behind the scenes dealing with astronauts, rocket engines and moon ships who will participate in a panel discussion at 1 p.m. - "What I Want My Grandchildren to Know About the Moon Landings".
"We are offering a different perspective from these well-known Apollo leaders. Each of them has a unique story to share to inspire the Artemis generation, who have their sights set on returning to the Moon,” said Karan Conklin, ASM executive director. “We hope other local Apollo workers will stop by the museum to mingle with guests and share their stories."
The featured "Mt. Rushmore" panel at 1 p.m. will speak to the “Artemis generation” with fascinating stories from their front row seats of humanity’s greatest adventure, the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.
The panel discussions will also be broadcast on ASM's "Stay Curious" Facebook live program.
The event will include an 11 a.m. open discussion panel among selected Apollo workers, docent tours and a straw rocket game for the kids.
Come and put your hands on the bronzed handprints of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and enjoy a taste of Tang!
*Bob Sieck - a NASA project engineer overseeing the powered-up integration of the Apollo Command Module. He went on to be Launch Director for more than 50 Space Shuttles.
*Lee Solid - known as "The Rocket Guy," responsible for the more than 30 rocket engines on the Saturn V rocket. He transitioned to lead the development of the Space Shuttle Main Engines.
*John Tribe - a space worker for 43 years, becoming an expert in hypergolic propulsion systems on North American Aviation's Apollo Command Module. He retired as a chief engineer on the Space Shuttle.
*Charlie Mars - the NASA Systems Manager for the Grumman-built Lunar Module. His space hardware experience covers Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Shuttle and International Space Station--34 years of service when he retired in 1997. Mars is chairman of ASM's board of directors.
The American Space Museum is a nonprofit museum located at 308 Pine Street in downtown Titusville. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 PM.
For additional information, call (321) 264-0434 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org.