Featured Speakers: Charlie Duke, Gerry Griffin, Vanessa E. Wyche & Bobak Ferdowsi

Apollo 50: Celebrating the Past to Awaken the Future
On August 14, 1960, John F. Kennedy said, “We celebrate the past to awaken the future”. Those words have more meaning as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the achievement he spearheaded – the first moon landing on Apollo 11 on July 20, 2019. This is arguably the only event in recorded human history when the world, stopped, waited in anticipation and then joined together to celebrate a positive human achievement. The space race drove America to shoot for the moon, but the spirit of Apollo also spurred on technological leaps that created the game changers of today and into the future. We’ll discuss how it inspired the world and celebrate the past accomplishments with Apollo astronaut Charlie Duke and former Apollo Flight Director Gerry Griffin, and talk about what is in our future in space with NASA Deputy Director of Johnson Space Center, Vanessa Wyche. This discussion will be moderated by NASA JPL’s Boback Ferdowsi, also known as the “Mohawk guy”. You won’t wanna miss it!

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