Save the Date! July 20. Pass the Torch Apollo 11 Panel, and Presentation and Book Signing by Astronaut Don Thomas


It is our honor and pleasure to announce a special event celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. In cooperation with U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the Huntsville AL L5 Society (HAL5, a chapter of National Space Society) would like to invite you and your family to join us for a special USSRC "Pass the Torch" lecture series on Sunday, July 20 from 1:30 pm to 4 pm.

The event is FREE and will be held at the USSRC Davidson Center Auditorium.

1:30-3:00 pm
We will start the event with a distinguished panel discussion with space personalities, Dr. Chuck Lundquist, Brooks Moore, Kenny Mitchell, Ed Buckbee, Alex McCool and moderator Astronaut Don Thomas.

3:00-4:00 pm
The last hour will feature presentation by Astronaut Don Thomas and follow-on book signing of his recently released Orbit of Discovery.

Dr. Thomas flew on STS-65, 70, 83 and 94. You won't want to miss his talk entitled, "The Day a Woodpecker Attacked the Space Shuttle." In June 1995 the "All-Ohio" crew of the STS-70 mission aboard Space Shuttle Discovery was finishing their final day of training before their launch, only seven days away. Everything was looking good for the mission until it was discovered that a single woodpecker had tried to make a nest in the big fuel tank of the space shuttle creating 205 holes in the process. During the presentation, Don will discuss why the woodpecker did such a thing, what NASA did to prevent future attacks, and what our Ohio astronauts accomplished on this flight, one of the more unusual missions of the Space Shuttle Program.

Apollo 11 Panel Members Bio

Alex McCool: Born in Daytona Beach, Florida LSU, Navy in WW2 Navy corps of engineers transferred to the Army ordnance corps, then von Braun 1954 involved in propulsion with Redstone thru Space Shuttle. In the last years of his career, he managed propulsion elements for space shuttle. Retired 2004

Dr. Charles Lundquist: University of Kansas: PhD 1954, BS Engineering Physics South Dakota State University 1949, 1953-1954 Assistant Professor at Penn State University, 1954-1960: ABMA, 1960-1973 Smithsonian and Harvard University (Member of the NASA Group for Lunar Exploration Planning) 1973-1981: Director Space Sciences Lab including Skylab and Shuttle, 1981 - Current: UAH

Brooks Moore: Born Heiberger, AL, 2 years in Navy during WW II, Auburn BS Electrical Engineering, GA Tech: Masters Electrical Engineering, Civilian for Navy, Panama City, FL (Underwater Missiles), March 1952 - joined the von Braun Team involved in designing Redstone, Jupiter and Pershing; Space Applications on Redstone: Explorer 1/Mercury Guidance and Control Division; Director of GN&C Division, Director of Astrionics Lab (Electronics with IU Ring and Skylab) Retired from Civil Service 1981. Joined private industry retiring in 2012. Currently Consultant Leidos Corp in Huntsville and Volunteer at USSRC.

Edward Buckbee: Born in Romney, WV, journalism graduate of WV University. Commissioned in the U.S. Army 1959. Transferred to NASA-MSFC and was PR and Public Affairs official during the Saturn/Apollo program. 1970: opened USSRC - NASA's Visitor Center followed by US Space Camp. Retired 1994. Currently president of Ed Buckbee & Associates, he continues to develop, promote and present programs to increase the public's understanding of the U.S. role in technology programs, increasing public awareness of the need to educationally prepare our nations' youth to enter fields of emerging technology; thus ensuring the U.S. will maintain its leadership in human exploration of space and global technology.

Kenny Mitchell: Huntsville native, graduated Butler High 1959; co-op student ABMA and NASA while attending Auburn University (1959-1964); charter member MSFC (thermal designs of Jupiter, Saturn 1, 1B and V rockets, Skylab's ATM and Orbital Workshop Medical Experiments (1968-1972); undersea program Tektite II (Space Station ECLSS analogies); Spacelab environmental control systems (1972-1980); manager regenerative life support systems for the International Space Station (1988-1994); NASA's onsite manager in Moscow, Russia for two years (1994-1996); NASA's chief engineer and then project manager for development of two International Space Station modules, Nodes 2 and 3 (1997-2004); deputy program manager for the Discovery and New Frontiers Programs for exploring our solar system and beyond (2004-2006).





Our next Free public program will be on Thursday, August 7, 7 pm at the Huntsville - Madison County Main Public Library's Auditorium. Les Johnson, author, futurist and NASA technologist, will discuss past, present and potential future Mars exploration, "Mars - Are We Ever Going to Get There?" and his new science fiction novel that he co-authored with Ben Bova, Rescue Mode, just published in hardcover by Baen Books. This book and Les' other books will be available for purchase and signing before and after the talk.

The event is free and open to the public. Please see HAL5 News and Calendar page for more upcoming events.