Apollo 16
San Diego Air and Space Musuem

America Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 16
June 7 at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
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A star-studded forum of astronauts and mission control directors from NASA's legendary space programs - Mercury, Gemini and Apollo - will share in-depth personal experiences with guests during a rare special event at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. You watched them make history on television... now meet them live... and get a personal look at how they view the future of space.. Space Cowboys all, they epitomized American innovation and perseverance.

"This is an incredible opportunity to meet and see American heroes who literally made history," said Jim Kidrick, President and CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. A gathering of so many of the remaining members of NASA's legacy space programs – Mercury, Gemini and Apollo – is a rare and important event in today’s world.

"America Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 16' will be the place to be this summer, not just for aviation and space enthusiasts, but for anyone who wants to learn the true meaning of courage and perseverance!" Twenty-four Americans journeyed to the moon in just four years – from 1968 to 1972. Lunar exploration hit new heights during the last two of those four years, with extended stays on the moon, ambitious exploration on the surface and from orbit, and long journeys in electric powered lunar rovers. Apollo 16 is considered by many one of the high points of space exploration and one of the most ambitious scientific expeditions ever. The astronauts’ accomplishments were made possible through the hard work of a team of hundreds of dedicated men and women who spent more than ten years focusing on successfully landing on the moon.


Confirmed Attendees as of this Press Release:

Bill Anders, Apollo 8

Along with Jim Lovell and Frank Borman, Apollo 8 was the very first mission ever to leave earth orbit and reach the moon. Anders' photo – 'earthrise’ – above the lunar horizon revolutionized how we see our home planet.


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

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

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.

Glynn Lunney

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.

Other Invited VIPs (Awaiting Response):

Gene Kranz, Apollo 13

Lead Flight Director (key character in the Apollo 13 movie)

Joe Engle

Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, the last living X-15 rocket plane pilot.

Tom Stafford

Apollo 10, Apollo-Soyuz, Gemini 6, Gemini 9

David Scott

Apollo 9, Apollo 15 moonwalker, Gemini 8.

Fred Haise

Apollo 13, Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Dick Gordon

Apollo 12, Gemini 11.

Michael Collins

Apollo 11, the historic first moon landing, Gemini 10.


"America Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 16" is a rare opportunity to experience yesterday's real "Space Cowboys" and meet today's trailblazers as they share their vision of the Final Frontier. This exciting evening will highlight the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs and offer a glimpse into the future of space exploration. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Museum’s youth education programs.

For more information and to purchase tickets for "America Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 16" visit our website sandiegoairandspace.org.

Contact:

David Neville
San Diego Air & Space Museum
(619) 234-8291, Ext. 140
dneville@sdasm.org











The San Diego Air & Space Museum is California's official air and space museum and education center. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and was the first aero-themed Museum to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Now showing: Be the Astronaut, a fun, interactive experience where you fly and spaceship, drive a rover and land on the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and an asteroid. The Museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. The Museum and gift store are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with admissions until 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.