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SoCal ALERT: AIAA Los Angeles section to host celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo XI lunar landing

From: Gerry W.
Sent on: Saturday, July 11, 2009 2:09 PM
Southern California Alert:

AIAA Los Angeles section to host celebration of the 40th anniversary of the
Apollo XI lunar landing

July 10th, 2009

Reston, Va. - The Los Angeles section of the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will host a tribute to the 40th
anniversary of the Apollo XI lunar landing from noon to 3:30 p.m., on July
23, at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles,
Calif. (Visitor parking at Figueroa and 39th/Exposition Park Dr.)

The celebration's cornerstone will be a distinguished panel of experts
presenting the program "From Apollo XI to the First Human on Mars," from
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Moderated by Dr. Howard McCurdy, professor of public
affairs at American University, Washington, D.C., with featuring panelists:
Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo XI astronaut; Dean Davis, chair of AIAA's Los
Angeles section; Michael Sander, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory rover
scientist; Richard Searfoss, former commander of space shuttle mission
STS-90; Jim Stammereich, Vice President of Strategy at The Boeing Company;
and Thomas Taverney, Senior Vice President of SAIC, the program will analyze
the Apollo XI landing's place in history, and the possible future of space

The program will conclude at 2:30 p.m. with a special screening of the IMAX
film Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D, featuring a special,
live, introduction by Dr. Aldrin. The film, narrated by Tom Hanks, uses 3D
effects technology to "place" the viewer on the moon, alongside the twelve
astronauts that have walked its surface, allowing the viewer to experience
the vastness of space, and the desolation of the Lunar surface from the
comfort of their theater seats.

Prior to the panel and film presentation, attendees will have the
opportunity to tour the California Science Center's SKETCH Foundation
Gallery Air and Space exhibit, where they will be able to view Dr. Aldrin's
moon rock, and an example of an actual Apollo Capsule, as well as other
significant artifacts of America's early space exploration efforts -
including the Gemini 11 capsule, and the Mercury-Redstone 2 capsule that
took Ham, the chimpanzee, on a 15-minute suborbital flight, offering
scientific evidence that humans could endure space travel.

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