Mankind's Greatest Adventure: The Apollo Lunar Landings

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Friday April 26

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7:00 PM  –  8:15 PM

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Free - but to reserve seats guests must register for seats in advance (below). Limit of 9 tickets per order.

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Teens and Adults

About the Program:
This presentation draws from the personal experiences of Jerry H. Trachtman during the years he spent working on the Apollo program at the Kennedy Space Center. The presentation chronicles the story of the Apollo missions from Jerry’s behind-the-scenes personal perspective as an Apollo Spacecraft Operations Engineer and includes video, photos, and Apollo artifacts. Accomplishing the goal set by President Kennedy in less than 10 years, the six Apollo lunar landings represented a quantum leap in scientific and technological achievement -- an accomplishment of a magnitude the world had never seen before.

About the Speaker:
After receiving his degree in Electrical Engineering at Penn State University, Jerry accepted a position at the Kennedy Space Center as an Apollo Spacecraft Operations Engineer. Beginning with the first manned Apollo mission, Apollo 7 in 1968, his responsibilities included the prelaunch and launch test and checkout of the Apollo spacecraft instrumentation and telemetry systems, and he served as lead engineer of the lunar orbital science experiments which flew on Apollo 15, Apollo 16 and the last Apollo mission, Apollo 17. He participated in the engineering support provided by Kennedy Space Center to the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, which ended with the crew’s safe return to earth.

Jerry left the engineering world in 1974, entered law school and received his degree at the University of Florida College of Law in 1976. His law practice emphasizes aviation and space related legal matters, and he is one of 42 lawyers recognized by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Aviation Law. Jerry serves on the Legal Advisory Council of For All Moonkind, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is to ensure the six Apollo Lunar Landing sites and similar sites in outer space are recognized for their outstanding value to humanity and are preserved and protected for posterity by the United Nations and the international community as part of our common human heritage.

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