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Pass the Torch Apollo Legacy Panels

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In celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago, this lecture series will feature those who lived and worked it.

Mar 14  Landing Americans on the Moon-Giant Leap for Human Exploration - A discussion of the scope of human exploration, the lives and experiences of space explorers, and the challenges and accomplishments of the engineers who built the moon rocket and its successors.  2:30 pm, National Geographic Theater US Space & Rocket Center

Mar 21 Beginning of Redstone Arsenal-The story of reinventing Redstone Arsenal to Missile and Rocket development during the Cold War; Creation of Honest John; Nike; Redstone rockets.  2:30 pm, Discovery Theater US Space & Rocket Center

Mar 21 The Future of Space Exploration-Visionary discussions about where humankind can explore based on known designs and information at this time. 6:00 pm, Hsv Main Public Library

Apr 18 The Women of the US Army/Marshall Space Flight Center-Roles and responsibilities of women in rocket development; past/present/future.  2:00 pm, Discovery Theater US Space & Rocket Center

Apr 18   Huntsville, Rocket City USA & Paperclip Team Moves to Huntsville-How the Von Braun Group adapted in Huntsville creating a new world and becoming integral within the southern U.S. society. What they discovered, what they offered. 6 pm, Hsv Main Library

May 9 Space Launch System Talk Show: America's Next Giant Rocket-Excellent publicly acclaimed briefing on SLS status and a Q&A. 2:30 pm, National Geographic Theater US Space & Rocket Center

May 16  Return to Peenemunde- Educational trips to Peenemunde to revisit the Cradle of Spaceflight. 6 pm, Hsv Main Public Library 

May 16 Marshall Space Flight Center Directors Panel 1- Showcasing accomplishments and challenges during their leadershp as MSFC Director2:30 pm, National Geographic Theater US Space & Rocket Center

May 23 Marshall Space Flight Center Directors Panel 2-Showcasing accomplishments and challenges during their leadershp as MSFC Director.  2:30 pm, National Geographic Theater US Space & Rocket Center

May 30 Skylab: America's First Space Station - First U.S. Space Station, how it was ingeniously created; its challenges and successes; its scientific findings and benefits. What we learned about humans in long-term space flight. 2:30 pm, Discovery Theater US Space & Rocket Center

Jun 6  Space Launch System NASA Briefing -  Where it is now, what will happen with it in the near future. America's next giant rocket. 2:30 pm, Discovery Theater US Space & Rocket Center

Jun 13 Engineers of the Apollo Era - Recognizing key engineers and managers who made the Saturn rocket a success; expressed from the insiders' point of view. 2:30 pm Discovery Theater US Space & Rocket Center 

Jun 20 Contractors of the Apollo Era - The Space Contractor's perspective of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency/NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center rocket development; from Redstone to Saturn and reflecting on other flight programs. 2:30 pm, Discovery Theater U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Jun 20 Army Ballistic MIssile Agency & Marshall Space Flight Center: cradle for all other NASA centers; influence of President Dwight Eisenhower and Major General John B. Medaris - Emphasizes their role in spaceflight; explains MSFC leadership in rocketry in carrying humans into space. 6 pm, Hsv Main Public Library

Jun 27 Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) - Moon Buggy - History of LRV development; how it was created in such a short timeframe and integrated into the Apollo Lunar Module and how it fulfilled its mission. 2:30 pm, Discovery Theater U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Jul 11 Apollo Propulsion & Engines - Fire and Smoke, exciting experiences and challenges in development of rocket engines ranging from V-2, H1, J2, F1, SSME, RS25; focuses on small to very large engines. 2:30 pm, Discovery Theater U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Jul 15   Paperclip2 - 2nd Generation - German and U.S. life as part of U.S. Paperclip program Wernher Von Braun team children followed in their fathers' footsteps as aerospace engineers and architects. 1:00 pm, Discovery Theater U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Jul 15 Saturn Family of Launch Vehicles - a discussion of the mighty Saturn I, Saturn IB and Saturn V launch vehicles and the role each played in making it possible to land a man on the moon. 3-5 pm, National Geographic Theater U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Jul 17 Onboard Control System for the German A4/V2 Rocket - Professor Dr. Bernd Ulmann, University for Economy and Management, Frankfurt/Main, Germany presents this talk about the onboard control system for the A4(V2) rocket developed by Dr. Helmut Hoelzer. 2:30, Discovery Theater U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Jul 18 German American Panel - Ralph Petrof has maintained close ties with the Von Braun team family and continues to lead the family businesses that now concentrate on computerized pollution monitoring equipment for the world market. 6:00 pm, Hsv Main Public Library

Jul 19 Quest to Name Peenemunde to be a World Heritage Site-Justification to release Test Stand VII with an historic designation. Noon, Discovery Theater U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Jul 20 Apollo 11 America's First Landing on the Moon-The Marshall Space Flight Center's role in the successful landing on the moon; the trials and tribulations of developing rockets capable of carrying humans into deep space. 2:30 National Geographic Theater U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Aug 1  SLS Talk Show-Excellent publicly acclaimed briefing on SLS status; where it is now, what will happen with it in the near future. America's next giant rocket. 2:30 pm, Discovery Theater, US Space & Rocket Center 

Aug 8 Space Shuttle: A History in Review-Changes in perspective with shift from moon to Low Earth Orbit missions; Shuttle Payloads. 1:00 pm, Discovery Theater U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Aug 15  Army Role in US Space Race-US soldiers/engineers joining Wernher Von Braun team and experiences. Talking about how Redstone Arsenal first came to be and video "How the US Army at Redsone Arsenal put the US into Space. 6 pm, Hsv Main Library 

Aug 22 Spacelab: Precursor to the International Space Station-Shuttle Bay Science Laboratory experiments overview. Scientific findings/benefits. Changes to perspective with shift from moon to Low Earth Orbit missions. 2-4 pm, Discovery Theater U.S. Space & Rocket Center  

Aug 29  Kenny Mitchell's Story NASA Russia Partnership-Remembering early days in setting up U.S. Embassy for International Space Station in Russia. 2:30 pm, Discovery Theater US Space & Rocket Center

Sep 5 International Space Station: Home and Work in Space-Development of ISS from NASA and contractor perspective, Boeing structure/modules; International Partner modules and nodes; scientific finds/benefits; Environmental Control Life Support System; Engineer Design and Integration. 2:30-4:30 pm, National Geographic Theater US Space & Rocket Center

Sep 10 Science and Payload Operations-Huntsville Operations Support Center/Payload Operations Center on-board coordinator of science and operations. Scientific findings/benefits. 2:30 pm, Discovery Theater US Space & Rocket Center

Sep 12 The Apollo F-1 Recovery-Besoz Project history of the retrieval of Apollo F-1 first stage engines from the ocean by the team that studied the Titanic. 2:30 pm, Discovery Theater US Space & Rocket Center

Sep 19 Science Observatories Panel 1-Marshall Space Flight Center involvement with unmanned observatories; IUS; Hubble Space Telescope; Chandra; Telemetry Data Relay System; Skylab Apollo Telescope Mount; High Energy Astronomical Observatory. 2:30 pm, National Geographic Theater US Space & Rocket Center

Sep 19 Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) Moon Buggy-History of LRV development; how it was created in such a short timeframe and integrated into the Apollo Lunar Module and how it fulfilled its mission. 6:00 pm, Hsv Main Public Library

Sep 26 Science Observatories Panel 2-Marshall Space Flight Center involvement with unmanned observatories; Interim Upper Stage; Hubble Space Telescope; Chandra; Telemetry Data Relay System; Skylab Apollo Telescope Mount; High Energy Astronomical Observatory. 2:30 pm, National Geographic Theater US Space & Rocket Center

Oct 17 The Future of Space Exploration-Visionary discussions about where humankind can explore based on known designs and information at this time. 6:00 pm, Hsv Main Public Library

Nov 21 International Space Station: Home and Work in Space-Development of ISS from NASA and contractor perspective, Boeing structure/modules; International Partner modules and nodes; scientific finds/benefits; Environmental Control Life Support System; Engineer Design and Integration. 6:00 pm, Hsv Main Public Library

Dec 19 Space Launch System-Excellent publicly acclaimed briefing on SLS status; where it is now, what will happen with it in the near future.  America's next giant rocket 6:00 pm Hsv Main Public Library



  • Location: Huntsville, AL
  • Price: No admission charged
Pass the Torch Apollo Legacy Panels
  • 03/14/2019 - 12/19/2019
  • Location varies by date
  • No admission charged