Fred Haise is best known as one of the crew members of the Apollo 13 mission, returning to earth after six perilous days in space in a damaged spacecraft. Haise’s thorough knowledge of his lunar module ensured the crew’s survival following a near-deadly in-flight explosion. Haise went on to command the first space shuttle, Enterprise, during its critical landing tests.
Al Worden made the first deep-space spacewalk as the Apollo 15 spacecraft returned from the moon after an ambitious mission of lunar exploration. Worden had just spent six days orbiting the moon, much of it alone, scientifically mapping and studying the surface. Worden went on to become the first astronaut poet, writing a book of poems about his moon flight, and now heads the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, assisting exceptional students in science and engineering.
Charlie Duke was the voice that billions heard from Mission Control carefully helping to guide Apollo 11 to its historic landing on the surface of the moon. Three years later, Duke stood on the surface of the moon himself, as a crewmember of the Apollo 16 mission which spent three days exploring the lunar surface, including driving across the terrain in a lunar rover.
Harrison “Jack” Schmitt was the twelfth and last person to step onto the surface of the moon. The only moon explorer with a doctorate in geology, Schmitt spent three days on the lunar surface conducting geological exploration. Schmitt went on to become a Senator representing the state of New Mexico. He now devotes his time to studying methods to return to the moon and use its resources.
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 it was the first aero-themed Museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums. Currently on display: THE DA VINCI EXPERIENCE, a special exhibition featuring remarkable reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous artwork and interactive replicas of his mechanical devices created more than 500 years ago. Visit www.sandiegoairandspace.org for more information. 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 5:30 p.m., with admissions until 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
The USS Midway Museum is the most-visited floating ship museum in the country. The museum features self-guided audio tours of 25 restored aircraft and 60 locations, from the engine room to the bridge, featuring Midway veterans as narrators. Optional flight simulators, gift shop and a café also are onboard. The museum is located along downtown San Diego’s Embarcadero and is open daily. For more information, call (619) 544-9600 or visit www.midway.org.
To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA, now on display at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, examines the history of Apollo 10 and the Peanuts characters’ role in that flight.
Local astronaut Woody Spring is planning to join the event.
Month of special activities planned.