A star-studded forum of astronauts and mission control directors will share in-depth personal experiences from NASA's legendary Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs with Museum guests during a rare special event, "America Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 16" at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park on Wednesday, June 7.
Fred Haise - Apollo 13
As Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 13, Haise planned to land on the surface of the moon and make a series of explorations. Instead, he battled to survive the journey around the moon and back home. He had previously served on the backup crews for Apollo 8 and Apollo 11. Later, he flew Space Shuttle Enterprise to three successful test landings, clearing the way for the shuttle to fly in space.
Charlie Duke - Apollo 16
The youngest astronaut to walk on the moon and CAPCOM for Apollo 11 - the historic first moon landing.
Walt Cunningham - Apollo 7
The first manned Apollo flight, following the disastrous Apollo 1 fire. Cunningham, Wally Schirra and Donn Eisele restored American confidence in space flight, leading to a moon landing less than a year later.
Al Worden - Apollo 15
As Command Module Pilot for Apollo 15, the first extended scientific exploration of our moon, Worden spent six days orbiting our neighbor in space, including three days completely alone, the most isolated human in existence.
Gerry Griffin - Flight Director
Lead Flight Director for three moon landings - Apollo 12, 15 and 17 - and a key figure in resolving the Apollo 13 crisis. Griffin's NASA vision was always forward looking, and he routinely consults on matters related to future deep space exploration.
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